Feb. 25, 2017 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

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Step by Step
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017

Today, admit that I abused, misused, took for granted and literally threw away through my drinking and actions all that I had been GIVEN unconditionally – love, respect, self-respect, integrity, friends, family, innocence – and traded it for selfishness, insecurity, fear, regret, pain, agony, anguish, loss and time that will never be recovered. Now, I am forced to admit I cannot expect to be given what I drank away – nor should I be enabled in regaining what I lost – without earning it. And I have the tools to begin the rebuilding process, courtesy of AA. So simple! But the work to apply those tools forces me to ask my Higher Power, on bended knees, for the strength, courage, honesty, discipline, integrity and selflessness to earn back – not demand nor expect them to be handed to me – what I have lost. And, if I do the job right, I may get back more than I lost. Today, I accept I must remake myself and, with the program, I’ve got the tools to do it. All that remains is my choice to pick them up and put them to use. Today, I pick them up and begin the rebuilding process. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2017

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