The Twelve Steps have taught me to feel my pain—and then walk through it.
~ Joan Rohde ~
Getting clean and sober has not meant an end to the pain in our lives. Being human gives us many opportunities to feel and grow through painful experiences. But what is different now is that we have the support of a loving God and the Twelve Steps to give us hope and clarity. We also have the friendship of many women who understand us. Our journey through the unknown is made in the company of these friends.
Sometimes we wonder why we have been graced. Most of us are befriending women who still struggle without the benefit of this program. We see our former selves in them, and we wish we could give them what we now have. In our past, every experience had the potential to devastate us; today no experience is too much for us to handle.
We are free: free to enjoy every moment; free of the fear that we have to solve our problems alone; free of dread about what the future may hold.
I am looking forward to my experiences today, for they will be the right ones for my growth. God will help me handle the hard parts.
© 1994 by Hazelden Foundation
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