3 thoughts on “Step 1 Prayer

  1. Until I realized that my sharnig must focus on the newest sober visitor will hear absolutely nothing from my mouth that propels them out the door. I say ‘my Higher Power’ without a disclaimer that my HP is unique, sufficient to my intellect and mostly propping up my ego. Bill W’s project was to find the balance between begging and suggesting in rhetoric that simplicity could and would work to dry us out long enough to find our HP and a kind of spiritual center that in my case does not invoke dogma, ideology or the supernatural. Engaging conversations on the porch are engaging. But that is outside a meeting one on one and my place for intellectual passion. The rooms are for taking my simple story of putting down the bottle to new comers.

    • I agree. That’s something I’ve discovered over time that meetings are for the newcomers. Sometimes they’re for me, too, like if I’m struggling and glamorizing the drink; but for the most part they’re for newcomers. One other thing I’ve learned from AA is honesty. I used to share to impress, to teach something to somebody else, that sort of thing. But i’ve learned that it’s important—and the best lessons come— to be honest about who we really are. When someone is honest about who they really are it touches me and changes me. Gives me courage to be who I really am. I haven’t found that anywhere other than in AA. And theres a way to do that without imposing who we are on others but in a way that might resonate with somebody in the room. I don’t use the word Higher Power because that isnt my experience. I love that AA has no rules about this. But I never, never impose my will on others nor do I hide my true self. I appreciate it most when people share that way, their honesty. Especially in November when the focus is mainly on the 11th Step—I love all the different ways people come to know their higher power. I remember in the beginning of AA I felt I couldn’t be myself, my authentic self because of what others might think of me. Every one seemed to me to be “spiritual but not religious” and I’m wholeheartedly spiritual and religious. Since I was going to meetings every day, I really wanted to fit in but I didn’t. So I felt like an outsider. But then over time I’d hear people share their experience, strength and hope and it would include their Faith walk–I felt this was courageous and eventually I was able to do the same and appreciate all the individuality. thanks so much for stopping by.

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