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

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“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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