Yet I want recovery. If I continue to do what I have always done, I will continue to get what I have always gotten. I want the benefits that this spiritual program has to offer. Therefore, I must take the risk and let go and let God. ~ Family Groups, Al-Anon. Courage to Change—One Day at a Time in Al‑Anon II. Al-Anon Family Groups. Kindle Edition.
That first Step, powerless over my compulsion,
living an unmanageable life. But I got here,
I want Recovery, and I’ve learned the truism,
“If I continue to do what I have always done,
I will continue to get what I have always gotten.”
I want Recovery, so I can’t stop at Step One.
I must come to believe greater than me
might get me back…or for the first time to Sanity.
Then I must decide to give it a chance
and turn my will and my life over too that God
as I understand God, With all the honesty
I can muster I take inventory of who
and what I am then admit not only to me
and to God but to another person, too,
the exact nature of my wrongs. I become ready
for my quirkiness to be removed
then tell God He can pick and choose
what to take. Then I list people I’ve wronged
and make amends to them.
Then I set up a routine of daily amends,
of prayer and meditation, of reliance on God,
and telling others about Recovery and how they, too,
can benefit by taking the risk to let go and let God.