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POWERLESS, Step One: What’s the big deal about Step One? (excerpted from “Why Don’t They Just Quit?”)
You couldn’t tell me anything before I entered recovery because I knew it all. I had all the answers for my life, and I had all the answers for yours, too, and I was quick to tell you about it. In fact, my favorite saying back then was, “Those who think they know it all are really annoying to those of us who do!”
When I came into the program, I brought all my opinions into the rooms with me. At first I tried to do things my way and thought I had better answers than you. I mean, “Turn it over”? “Let go and let God”? That may work for you, but I was sure I knew better. 90 days later, though, I was drunk!
When I finally admitted that I didn’t know how to stay sober, I became willing to admit that perhaps I didn’t know everything after all. That was the moment I became teachable, and it was the moment I began to recover. The longer I’m in the program, the more I realize that many times what I think I know, just ain’t so.
Today I’m quick to admit that I don’t have the answers, and when I do I become open to the wisdom that lies beyond.
This was reprinted from “The Widsom of the Rooms” ~by Michael Z
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