Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery.

“Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery. But these are indispensable.” Spiritual Experience Page 568 of the AA Book

When I look at the road I have traveled to get to where I am, I look at the “HOW” of this program. When I am honest, open minded, and willing… I am capable to recognize God’s will. God’s will for me today, is not what I expected, nor is it anything I ever would have imagined. In meetings I hear frequently, “If I would have gotten my way, I would have sold myself short”. This is also true for me. When I had experienced “a taste of AA”, but was determined to do things on my own, I drank. I had battled for so long to maintain my using and my drinking, that when it came time for me to surrender, I struggled. I was afraid of asking for help, and I didn’t know HOW to do ask. Somehow, I got real. I became honest, with my sponsor, with the people that had quickly become a part of my life through AA & Tallgrass, and with God and myself. With the honesty, came open mindedness. I no longer challenged everyone that I ran across. I no longer had that the energy to fight. I became so broken down and so defeated that the only option I had, was to open my mind and my heart to learn from others. The most important part of HOW this works for me, is being willing. If I take all of the energy that I put into using and drinking, and put it into my sobriety and recovery, I can survive. Now that I am willing to listen to my sponsor, as well as others in AA, I can live. I follow the suggestions that are put in front of me. I ask for help and I listen for the answer. I ask God, I ask my sponsor, and I ask other members of AA. These people, who have trudged the road of happy destiny before me, have given me the hope to go on. For this, I will forever be grateful. And as I say the 3rd Step Prayer every morning, it renews my strength to do God’s will…

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