Step One: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol- that our lives had become unmanageable.”
What I do NOT admit in Step One is as important as what I DO admit. I do not admit that I am a failure. I may feel like a failure , but I’ve learned in this program that feelings aren’t facts. If I stop to reflect, I realize that I’m not diminished when I admit my powerlessness over alcohol. In fact, in some important way, I join the rest of the human race because we are allk powerless over something at one time or another.
When I admit my life is unmanageable, I don’t admit that I am a bad person. In my attempts to maintain the delusion of exercising the power where I am powerless, my life has become disorderly. Although I may have temporarily lost control of my life, I have not committed a crime. I need only apply step One to begin to regain my serenity.
Thought for the Day
Step One encourages me to build my life in a balanced perspective.
“With the understanding that alcoholism is a disease, and with the realization that we are powerless over it, as well as over other people, we are ready to do something useful and constructive with our own lives.”
Alcoholism, the Family Disease, p. 3
Reading From: Hope For Today, pg. 4
This is one of my all time favorite readings. It is so important when we read and work the program that we do it actively. Actively thinking, reading, learning. It means looking at what is said and clearly understanding what is said not giving power to what is not said. Learning to hear what is said, instead of hearing what we feel or think about what is said is very important.
Admitting powerlessness is where power lies. It gives us an avenue to help ourselves. It gives us a place to start putting our life into a manageable balance. We must let go of or surrender or admit powerlessness over that which we can’t control so we can focus on what we can control.
Admitting powerlessness doesn’t make us weaker, it makes us stronger.
Today I can look at what I am powerless over and make changes in the areas I do have control over or influence on. ~Adrienne