Back to the Beginning

What we needed now was a way of being sober over the long haul, and living sanely through good times and bad. ~12 Step Literature

How fitting that we can start at Step #1 at the beginning of the year. In years past, I would start off on a big project or life alteration at the beginning of a year, a month or a new week. So, it boded well for me to begin my sobriety at the end of a month, in the 8th month of the year, and on a Saturday night.  It is never too late to begin a life change like sobriety. Well, death might be too late. I am glad I found it early enough in my life, so that I could enjoy the new found health and energy that it affords. I also had plenty of years to be productive and do all those things I thought I might like to do someday, when in fact that day could never arrive; at least not while I was still drinking.

Step #1 is probably the hardest for most folks. It requires the admission of complete powerlessness and the the complete willingness to do whatever it takes to get and stay sober. We alcoholics want what we want, and when we want it! The key word for Step#1 is faith. The freedom that Step #1 affords us is the Freedom from the Bondage to Self. That may seem like a tall order, but it is one that can be met. All one has to do is be willing, listen up, and remain teachable. It is recommended that when struggling: get prayed up, sponsored up, and meetinged up! AA is a not a sprint, it is a marathon…so pace yourself.  Here is to a whole new journey and another trip around the sun. Hang on to your hat!

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