Pain normally starts most people on the 12 Step Path. There is no light, no perception of the end when we start, only promises from others. At the beginning, it is hard to imagine the 12 Simple Steps will start you on a journey to freedom.
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Striving to Thriving
Dealing with addictions and co-dependencies as a way of life, leaves us without concrete answers. We try this, run to that, buy an experience, go on vacation, change jobs, or change spouses trying to find meaning in life.
Viktor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning and concentration camp survivor, offers this:
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Amazing Accomplishment in Your Journey To Freedom
Completing the 12 Steps is an amazing accomplishment. Many never reach the finish line. Once you are here, now what? You are welcome to a new beginning–a beginning with a world of new possibilities. Removing the trap of your addictions and co-dependencies frees up your life for beauty and other possibilities.
We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. People who finish the steps will experience relief from the suffering of addiction and feel free to pursue a new life without their addiction or codependency. p. 83-84, “AA Big Book”.
Life around you may not have changed, but you did! Below are a few results of a spiritual awakening:
- joy in small things
- positive connection with others
- appreciation of those who struggle
- more patience with yourself and others
- slower to anger
Remind yourself how far you have come. Print this simple reminder of the 12 Step Promises from the “AA Big Book”.
Carry the Message!
Share! Share your story with those who have ears to hear. Live your life in a way that lets the ideals of the 12 promises show through–give away what you have to keep it. The growth process does not stop here; it only blossoms.
At the Joyous Family, we would love to feature your story. Share your story on the Sober on Purpose Facebook Group. It only works, if you work! Drop us an email, video or recording of how you followed the steps. We know you have a great story to bless others with on your journey to freedom.