We admitted we couldn't lick alcohol with our own remaining resources, and so we accepted the further fact that dependence upon a Higher Power (if only our A.A. group) could do this impossible job. The moment we were able to accept these facts fully, our release from the alcohol compulsion had begun.
For most of us, this pair of acceptances had required a lot of exertion to achieve. Our whole treasured philosophy of self sufficiency had to be cast aside. This had NOT been done with sheer will power; it came instead as the result of developing the willingness to accept these new facts of living. We neither ran nor fought. But accept we did. And then we began to be free.
What are your initial thoughts on this reading from As Bill Sees it?
What does being powerless mean to you? What was your experience with admitting powerlessness over alcohol when you first came in? How are you powerless over alcohol today?
Is there a difference between admitting and accepting?
What does freedom mean to you? When you accepted you were powerless over alcohol and that you needed a higher power, did that give you freedom? Are you free today? What holds you back from freedom today?
What does self sufficiency mean to you? When is it good? When is it bad? Did you suffer from self sufficiency?
Mike from FLA
The Recovered podcast is for the new person in recovery. What would you say to that person about this topic, Step 1