I must be prepared before the crisis comes.
~ Ruth Humlecker
Being Prepared for a crisis may seem like a negative outlook to some. After all, if we expect trouble, won’t we get it? However, there is another way to think about preparation: it is a chance to make sure the tools of the program are easily accessible and familiar through use.
For example, one Valuable Tool is available when we give our lives and will to God. We can handle any situation if we let our Higher Power help carry our burdens. Another valuable tool is communicating regularly with a sponsor. We can avoid many disasters when we seek her advice, since her thinking is often clearer than our own.
Many crises result from our attempts to force other people to live according to our rules. Becoming willing, through the broad application of Step One, to accept our powerlessness over everybody else saves us from many conflicts. Unchecked conflicts are the stuff that crises are often made of.
The best preparation, of course, is believing that we’ll never be given more that we can handle.
I am prepared to handle whatever comes to me today. The program will see me through every detail of my life.
© 1994 by Hazelden Foundation
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