Weekly Focal Point
“We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable. Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable?”
~ Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous pg. 76 ~
Twelve Step Series: Step Six
Step Six: We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
“When we clung to old habits and to unproductive ways of thinking, we blocked the process of change and the flow of inspiration. The surest way to use God’s help was to allow solutions to come to us. We might have wondered why we held on to our defects. Often they were developed as defenses – and they worked for us. Pride, for instance, allowed us to feel superior, indifferent to our common humanity and responsibilities. Manipulating the lives of others gave us a feeling of being “in charge”. As we learned to accept and love ourselves, the need for these defenses melted away. We may have felt that this process of bringing about fundamental changes in ourselves was too demanding – even overwhelming. It might have been, but the fact that we turned to Al-Anon for help and began studying the Twelve Steps implied our dedication to resolve the troubles that made life so perplexing. Faith in our ability to follow through relieved us of anxiety and made it possible to face and solve, with spiritual wisdom, the problems of each day.”
(Al-Anon’s Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, pg. 40-41)
3 C’s of Al-Anon
- We didn’t CAUSE it
- We can’t CONTROL it
- We can’t CURE it
AND WE WON’T CONTRIBUTE TO IT TODAY
***Next Family Afterward Meeting will take place on March 23rd 7 p.m. CST via Zoom***
Considerations for the Week
- Would I consider the possibility of writing an inventory in the Al-Anon program and sharing that work with another person in the fellowship such as a sponsor?
- Based on what I find, can I see now the need for reliance on my Higher Power to make the necessary changes within my own spirit?
- Do the old ways of thinking and reacting no longer serve me as I move forward with my process of family recovery? Am I willing to submit those to my Higher Power?
- Have I become exhausted with my attempts to manage and control the outcomes in my life and for my loved one? Does the idea of freedom from that bondage appeal to me?