Daily Reflections

January 3

POWERLESS

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol--that our lives had become unmanageable.

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS p. 21

      It is no coincidence that the very first Step mentions powerlessness:  An admission of personal powerlessness over alcohol is a cornerstone of the foundation of recovery. I've learned that I do not have the power and control I once thought I had. I am powerless over what people think about me.  I am powerless over having just missed the bus.  I am powerless over how other people work (or don't work) the Steps.  But I've also learned I am not powerless over some things.  I am not powerless over my attitudes.  I am not powerless over negativity.  I am not powerless over assuming responsibility for my own recovery.  I have the power to exert a positive influence on myself, my loved ones. And the world in which I live.

 
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