M(3), 12/22: The End of the End
Today’s meeting, which started out woefully small but wound up with 12 attendees by the end, focused on the second half of step 12 from the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. In case you are not following along with this series of posts, step 12 is:
Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
The section of the chapter we read today focused most on the third prong of this step, and that is taking the principles learned within the 12-step program, and applying those principles to all other aspects of our lives: our marriages, our careers, our financial affairs, even (especially) our self-image.
I know I have written this ad nauseam, but I’ll write it again anyway: there’s not a problem in my life that the 12-step principles can’t ameliorate, if not actually solve. From the simplicity of practicing acceptance and taking life one day at a time, to the more intensive work of personal inventory and making amends, practicing the 12 steps improves my entire life, not just helps me to abstain from altering myself chemically. A strong statement, but so far for this recovering alcoholic, a true one.
The rest of the group focused on the blessings that working the 12 steps has brought to their lives. Some of the highlights:
- The end of our self-imposed isolation
- Being comfortable in our own skin
- A greater appreciation for family and friends
- The development of a whole new set of friends
- A greater maturity and wisdom
- The joy received from being of service to others
- A sense of accomplishment (this fellow joked that receiving the one year coin at an AA meeting is the equivalent to receiving an Oscar)
- The serenity that comes with knowing that whatever is happening, “this too shall pass”
- The comfort that only comes from the trust in a power greater than oneself
- The certainty that this Higher Power is a benevolent omnipresence in our lives
- The absolute faith that everything happens for a reason, and that our job is simply to trust our Higher Power, clean up our side of the street and do the next right thing
A joyous and hope-filled meeting to start the holiday week off right. Hope yours is off to as wonderful a start!
Finishing up this post, then off to cookie making, and preparing the cookie decorating assembly line for when the kids get home. From someone who, a few short years ago, could not successfully bake the heat and eat varieties, homemade roll-out cookies topped with homemade royal icing is a miracle! Here are some of the “naked” first batch:
Posted on December 22, 2014, in Monday Meeting Miracles, Recovery and tagged 12 step, 12 step program, AA, Addiction, Alcoholic Anonymous, Alcoholism, God, Higher Power, Meeting, Miracle, Monday, Recovery, Self-Help, Support group, Twelve-Step Program. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.