“Long since I had come to believe I was insane because I did so many things I didn’t want to do. I didn’t want to neglect my children. I loved them, I think, as much as any parent. But I did neglect them. I didn’t want to get into fights, but I did get into fights. I didn’t want to get arrested, but I did get arrested. I didn’t want to jeopardize the lives of innocent people by driving an automobile while intoxicated, but I did. I quite naturally came to the conclusion that I must be insane.”
– Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, Ch 2 (“He Had to be Shown”), p 199.
Today, I need to reach into yesterday to remember and keep always that I did all I thought I could not to drink but that my intentions were little more than the best laid plans of mice and men. In remembering yesterday so as not to repeat today and tomorrow what I did then, may I also recognize and admit that I am powerless over alcohol. And with that admission, I have surmounted the First Step toward recovery. With that Step comes power and control to say I do not have to submit to what I cannot control – alcohol – and that my intention not to do what I don’t want to do is in my control. Today, I seize control of what overpowers me by declaring no more. And our common journey continues.
Step by step. – Chris M.
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