bobby1933 (bobby1933) wrote,

Al Anon

It occurred to me during a meeting a few days ago why my Al Anon sponsor of two months (has so little time passed?!) has not asked me to begin "working" the 12-Steps.  A "stairway" must have a solid floor under it, and i guess acceptance is supposed to be my floor, my "bottom."  I have sought spirituality via  the via negativa, agains the advice of many wise.  I am not saying that 12 step programs have a "positive theology" or any  theology at all; but it does present itself as a practical program whose principles are known by a community of which i am once again part, and therefore, in the know.

Acceptance is the floor on which those principles are built.  Acceptance of what?  Of everything: facts, mysteries, other people, what i don't like as much as what i like, my sponsor's suggestiona, etc., etc., etc.  I think i get that.  I think i will try it.

Yesterday my sponsor gave me the go ahead to start on step one.  I am to define "powerlessness" and recall  times when i have felt powerless.  Unfortunaltely that shoukd be easy.  I am to define "unmanageabilty" and make of list of times i thought my life was unmanageable.  Then i  am to read both AA and Al Anon discussions of step one.  I am on my way..
Tags: 12-step programs, personal life

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