STEPS: Solutions. To. Every. Problem.
“If we have Al-anon, there is no need to stand in our own light and try to solve our problems in darkness. The ways and means that Al-anon offers have lighted the way for so many thousands of despairing people that no one can question their power. “When I am faced with a problem that seems impossible to solve, when I feel trapped in a situation and can see no way out, let me ask myself whether I am standing in my own light. I must find the vantage point where I can most clearly see my difficulty as it is; then answers will come.” (One Day At a Time in Al-Anon, pg.297)
The 12-Steps are my guidelines for living. There is so much I’ve learned: about powerlessness, about faith, about honesty and the importance of making amends, about owning up to my mistakes on a daily basis and trying to make things right, and finally, I tell others how I’ve learned to be happy and appreciate my life, despite my losses.
I might have picked up these tools for living elsewhere. I happen to have found them in recovery fellowships.
I got my life and my sense of humor back. No small accomplishment. And I’m grateful.