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    Hi, again Carol and thanks!

    I am powerless over alcohol. I am powerless over what happend yesterday. I am powerless over tomorrow. I am powerless over the next minute. I am powerless over the actions of my wife, my kids and my co-workers. I must apply step 1 in my daily life. The only thing I am not powerless over is my attitude and actions. Those are what I will be held accountable for.

    Give in or cave in.
    Look at my record. Have I ever in my life drank more than I intended?*

    Answer to that last question, oh yes, oh heck yes. Times too numerous to count.

    *Father Joseph C. Martin(A video I found on youtube)



    Another experiment would be to walk into an AA crowd and tell them that you’ve “finished step one for good.” Guarantee they’ll be on you like hyenas. 🙂

    Step one is a process more than an event. To admit powerlessness well doesn’t mean you’ll never feel a sense of power over alcohol again. If that were so I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone in AA who has really worked step one (or who is honest.) That’s why people keep coming back even after 40 years, for the constant connection to the step process.

    Don’t worry about true understandings, just better ones.



    Thanks Isaiah. Great advice. I plan on calling my temporary sponser today and tell him I’m working the 1st step and then I’m going to listen to what he has to say. Just listen to someone with experience.

    Thanks again for your thoughts. I really like that last line.

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