Skip to comments.A Twelve Step Refresher
Posted on 02/21/2005 1:07:37 AM PST by cyborg
The 12 Steps
We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs
About 23 years ago I attended an AA meeting with my sponsor who was Hispanic and I knew the meeting would be in Spanish but I was pretty sure I could keep up with my hafass Spanish speaking ability.
They asked me to read the 12 steps and I did. - They didn't even laugh at me either.
23 years - One day at a time
Congrats on the twenty three years of sobriety... It's real late but I felt that someone out there needed to be reminded that there is time proven system of dealing with an addiction.
I thought I posted this in general chat. Please correct. thanks.
We only have today. Yesterday is the past and tomorrow isn't here yet. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to real mental and spiritual clarity in the future myself. Good night.
Congrats on your 16 months. The first 16 months are the hardest - Life is a bowl of cherries after that!
"W" is in the white house.
I'm sober in my house
aint life sweet?
cyborg, the way I heard it is, if you have one foot in yesterday and one foot in tomorrow you will s*** all over today.
Good for you.
Life is good among FRiends, a good president in charge, and breath in my lungs still. Good night.
What about an addiction to FR? ;-P
What to say to those with a desire to quit drinking, do these steps, just do them, don't question them or worry about being converted to something, the ONLY thing that will happen is you'll quit drinking because by chance or by inspiration Bill W. and Dr. Bob figured out a way to quit drinking that works.
It's been ten sober years now and those 12 steps, AA and my fellow alcoholics saved my life.
Through the Program of AA, the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous and people like you helping me - I haven't found it necessary to take a drink since 26 Sep 81.
Suddenly realizing that God is doing for me...what I cannot do for myself.
One day at a time and easy does it :)
I'm gonna try and see if this works for being fat and lazy
Hey old timer. 8 July '81 here.
Life is good.
Good post! ~~~ BTTT!!!
will mail to son-11 yrs sober.
At one time in my life I believed that God didn't love me and would not help me. Well about 14 years ago I went to a place where they passed round a coin that said on it "One Day At a Time", and as each of the oldtimers (20 plus years each in the rooms) took the coin he prayed a silent pray and I cryed.
My life is different now, "Things that used to baffel me no longer do.
And God hears my prayers, as he always did, only now I believe he does.
Congrats.. 19.5 years here [odat]
I remember Aunt Jenny's. Great cat fish dinner!
When we were in New Orleans for Mardi Gras we thought about going back to Ocean Springs for the cat fish but decided it was farther than we wanted to drive for dinner and New Orleans has some fine places to eat too..
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Powerful words of wisdom regardless of ones circumstances.
LOL! Without knowing you, you are just fine Geron hehehe.
Thanks...I just felt inspired to post the twelve steps because there are a lot of people suffering who can be helped just as you have.
keep it up... you're an inspiration to a lot of people.
Thanks to the Grace of God and the company I keep (including Free Republic), I'll have 6 years 06/01/05.
Congratulations on 23 years of sobriety! Keep on doing what you're doing.
Isn't God good? He really is :-) I hope you have a day off from work today to rest and relax.
Aunt Jenny's has long been a place to eat your fill of nice catfish - we try to get there a couple times a year (there's so many places to get good food that it can be hard to choose).
God Bless and hope to see you sometime.
That's wonderful! I do credit FR for saving my life. It's nice to have FRiends.
I am a city boy and those days off used to be nice. But God in his great goodness to me, sent me to a country girl who loves horses. So we have about 18 TB's and six are in foal, so I am kept very busy 24/7. But it is a great life.
Oh. but thanks and I hope you have a nice day too!
I had a good day, a good meeting. I got a coin for my first attendance. not sure it means, but I am very happy about it. I hope you had a fulfilling day as well.
Just sensed someone needed to see the steps bump
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
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