These are the words that lead into the Twelve Steps. In their
direct simplicity they sweep aside all psychological and philosophical
considerations about the rightness of the Steps. They describe
what I did: I took the Steps and sobriety was the result.
These words do not imply that I should walk the well-trodden
path of those who went before, but rather that there is a
way for me to become sober and that it is a way I shall have
to find. It is a new path, one that leads to infinite light
at the top of a mountain. The Steps advise me about the footholds
that are safe and about chasms to avoid. They provide me with
the tools I need during the many parts of the solitary journey
of my soul. When I speak of this journey, I share my experience,
strength and hope with others.