21, gratitude begins, step 11

from Wassie, before we begin step 11 ( with step 10 for the next five shares )

“Namaste! Hearing the voice of recovery reminds us that the We Program is the last thing we tried but the first thing still working. That is why we keep coming, and it is free of charge. Pass-it-on:

Although we enter recovery to heal a particular affliction, we find that, in the end, we have received far more than a specific healing of an addiction; we have received the gift of a profound spiritual awakening. In a sense, the healing of addiction have only been the stepping-stones to spiritual transformation and renewal. There is a phrase by which members introducing themselves by saying “I am a grateful recovering member.” What they mean is that there is an element of gratitude for their addiction or dependency since it has served as a key to a spiritual awakening. By sharing experience, strength and hope, we are Twelve Stepping each other, and continue to heal,…I salute and give thanks to all members for keeping the rooms of recovery open rain or shine. Take care my friend and stay well. I love you. Happy to be alive, the rest is a bonus. Gratefully, Wassie”

29, a ninth step – crossing the 7 t’s

from Wassie, his words have creative power

Hearing the voice of recovery reminds us that using the 7T’s,

“Take Time To Think The Thing Through”

…empowers us to examine our motives and line-up our will with God’s will for us before rushing to react or make unwise decision. Pass-it-on: A plane is equipped with an instrument called an artificial horizon indicator. Although our human senses may become confused in the murky thickness of a cloud bank, the horizon indicator is never fooled. Following its guidance, pilots are able to keep their planes positioned exactly as they should be. How well this illustration relates to our own natural wisdom compared with God’s heavenly wisdom! All our ways seem right to us, but only God can really know what path is best for each of us as we go through the storms of life. Trying to run our own lives is like trying to fly a plane through a cloud bank without a horizon
indicator. As we open our lives, completely and honestly, to God’s scrutiny and begin to accept His direction, we have taken a major step toward righting them and keeping them off a collusion course. We are blessed for being given the spiritual tools that are helping us to make an informed and win-win decision. As I am working the steps, i I give thanks to the We Program for providing me the Steps, Traditions, reminders, slogans and the reality-checks that I need to stay centered in the solution. Take care my friend and stay well. I love you. Happy to be alive, the rest is a bonus. “

Gratefully, Wassie