Admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
Ahh…that first step. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” There are many different quotes to emphasize the importance, the defining moment that is that first step.
When we admit we are powerless over a substance it means we can’t control it. It means that to dabble in it is to tread water in it. It means that it can swallow us whole and we are unable to do anything about it. Admission of powerlessness is a weight lifted. It is surrender. It is also one of the hardest steps to make.
Likewise, when we admit we are powerless over another human being we realize that all we ever had was the illusion of control and that illusion swallows our being up and creates chaos and un-manageability. We become so busy trying to control the uncontrollable that we lose control or give away control in our own life. In admitting powerlessness over something we regain control in our own life.
Regardless of what we are specifically admitting powerlessness over, when we take that first step, we realize there is much we are not in control of. And that is a good thing. Not one person needs or can truly handle that much responsibility. It is enough to be responsible for ourselves, and for some of us our young children.
Powerlessness is not a bad thing. It is just the way it is. To lose control of something is usually a bad thing, but when we are powerless to begin with it gives us so many more options.
Taking that first step says, HELP! Taking that first step allows us to be helped. And our journey begins!