Endigar 651 ~ Suit Up and Show Up

From the Daily Reflections of December 28;

In A.A. we aim not only for sobriety — we try again to become citizens of the world that we rejected, and of the world that once rejected us. This is the ultimate demonstration toward which Twelfth Step work is the first but not the final step.   (As Bill Sees It, page 21)

The old line says, “Suit up and show up,” That action is so important that I like to think of it as my motto. I can choose each day to suit up and show up, or not. Showing up at meetings starts me toward feeling a part of that meeting, for then I can do what I say I’ll do at meetings. I can talk with newcomers, and I can share my experience; that’s what credibility, honesty, and courtesy really are. Suiting up and showing up are the concrete actions I take in my ongoing return to normal living.





I find it interesting that Bill sees Twelfth Step work, the last Step of the 12 Steps, as the first but not final Step.  He seem to be thinking about a process beyond but based on the 12 Steps of recovery.  The principles of the program help to define what it means to be a true citizen of the World.   My relevance and usefulness in the World is demonstrated daily by developing the skill stated simply as the ability to Suit Up and Show Up.  It is a basic dependability, a vibrant predictability, a daily courage that makes me a silent force of nature.  I believe it is possible for my life, not just my words, to shout out that we can recover.

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