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    “Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

    What a gift this step is. It completes the key to the circle of recovery; giving back what I have been given.

    By applying the steps and principles to all aspects of my life I have found that there is no difficulty that feels insurmountable. Prior to having these spiritual tools every obstacle was seen as a potential life/sanity threatening event.

    I am grateful today for the program of AA and all that it has given me.



    “Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

    We have now arrived at the grandaddy of all the steps. Tis is the greatest challenge of all.

    We’ve come a long way. And we still have a long way to go. But what a way! The freedom we now enjoy will be triply enhanced when we have finished Step Twelve–the ultimate step in decisiveness and resolve—for its benefits are without number.

    Our growing sense of self-worth is propelling us into the awakening that Step Twelve promises. By nw, of course, we understand that there is no uniformity in the version that dispels all doubt. Others benefit by an educational process that allows us to view spirituality in a new and comfortable light. But no matter how it comes to us, the experience is so profound that it releases us from the bondage of self.

    Step By Step, Meditations for living the Twelve Steps. Muriel Zink



    I started my 12th step this morning. My sponsor and I went over chaper 7 Working with Others in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. I’ve been here before but today I am feeling somewhat different. My sponsor told me that in order to make step 12 official I needed to take a service commitment, make coffee, chair a mtg, speak at a mtg, whatever but I had to take a commitment. After we read chapter 7, together we discussed it and went to a morning mtg. Funny how this works I guess there really are no coincidences. After the mtg I was asked if I was free tonight to chair a mtg, of course I was inclined to say yes.

    I made my way home thinking about all I have been through and all that I have done. I am so grateful that I no longer need to live like I once did and feel somewhat useful perhaps the reason I am still here is that God has work for me. What other purpose is there except to serve?

    I had some lunch and jumped on this forum. I’ve been doing a lot of posting over the last few weeks. Newcomers on 12 Step National Meetings ask questions I normally don’t hear at mtgs. It’s almost like it’s easier to ask for help on the net than it is in person. It’s all very exciting and it seemed I always have something to add. Today I don’t feel like adding a dam thing it’s almost like I intuitively know there is nothing I can say to help nor is it my place to try. All I can do is give from my own experience and carry the message of hope.
    I suddenly realize that in order to pass this on I have to continue to live it make myself available, and I have to stop fighting anybody and anything. No more what came first the chicken or the egg for me.

    I came to AA because I couldn’t stop drinking, my life was not only unmanageable it was absolutely out of control. I didn’t believe that AA would work for me, I didn’t believe in anything including myself. In the end I believe that’s what did it for me, I stopped believing in myself and started to believe in a Power Greater than Myself. I came to believe that there was nothing that I could do to control or stop my drinking and I needed help. I had one option left I never had a sponsor bring me through the steps.

    I went to AA and got that sponsor and it really was just that easy. At the time it was one of the hardest things I ever had to do, I wasn’t the type of person who stopped and asked for directions. All the willpower in the world couldn’t keep me from a drink but working these steps and practicing these principals’ gives me all the power I need. I would like to dedicate this to my sponsor, thank-you.

    AA’s Twelve Steps are a group of principals, spiritual in nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole….

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