If I accept and act upon the advice of those who have made
the program work for themselves, I have a chance to outgrow
the limits of the past. Some problems will shrink to nothingness,
while others may require patient, well-though-out action.
Listening deeply when others share can develop intuition in
handling problems which arise unexpectedly. It is usually
best for me to avoid impetuous action. Attending a meeting
or calling a fellow A.A. member will usually reduce tension
enough to bring relief to a desperate sufferer like me. Sharing
problems at meetings with other alcoholics to whom I relate,
or privately with my sponsor, can change aspects of the positions
in which I find myself. Character defects are identified and
I begin to see how they work against me. When I put my faith
in the spiritual power of the program, when I trust others
to teach me what I need to do to have a better life, I find
that I can trust myself to do what is necessary.