Do Not Be Discouraged

Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection. ~ World Service, Alcoholics Anonymous. The Big Book and A Study Guide of the 12 Steps. Anonymous Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Be not dismayed whatever betide
God will take care of you…*
Recognize your greatness
but you can also understand
the smallness of your greatness
and see how much further you may 
be able to move in Recovery
and in your understanding
of the Greatness of the Power within you.
You cannot become right now
the perfect Twelve Stepper
but if you desire this way of life,
this inherent peace and serenity
you will move closer and closer
to the goal each day you commit
to the path you have found.


*C. D. Martin