Endigar 435 ~ The Upward Path

From Today’s Daily Reflections;

Here are the steps we took. . . .   (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 59)

These are the words that lead into the Twelve Steps. In their direct simplicity they sweep aside all psychological and philosophical considerations about the rightness of the Steps. They describe what I did: I took the Steps and sobriety was the result. These words do not imply that I should walk the well-trodden path of those who went before, but rather that there is a way for me to become sober and that it is a way I shall have to find. It is a new path, one that leads to infinite light at the top of the mountain. The Steps advise me about the footholds that are safe and about chasms to avoid. They provide me with the tools I need during the many parts of the solitary journey of my soul. When I speak of this journey, I share my experience, strength and hope with others.

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This resonates with me today.  The Steps are not a sterile system of tasks to be reproduced in lockstep with icons of recovery.  I must own and integrate them into the delights and anguish of my life.  Connected to my God and the Fellowship, I travel this “solitary journey of my soul.”

“When I speak of this journey, I share my experience, strength and hope with others.”  Yes.  So say we all.

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