Step Twelve

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps,
we tried to carry this message to compulsive eaters
and to practice these principles in all our affairs.




Dear Fellow Travelers,

Step Twelve Essay

Dear God,

What a trip this has been for me and hopefully for whoever is still with us. I realized at some point during this trip, that many years, or at least many memories of them, are gone because my tortured mind was not capable of storing what it could not feel. I'm just now remembering something heard some years ago about our inability to grow emotionally because the disease held us captive to the age at which our disease took over any free will we at one time possessed. How very sad and no wonder our lives were unmanageable; we were adults operating with the skills of children. Not all have suffered so much, and we now have an opportunity to change our lives for the better. Let us take it.

The twelve steps, have led so many from the depths of despair from abusing alcohol, drugs, gambling, and now are adapted for compulsive overeaters. Because we were desperate and doomed to die a slow death by our own hands, we were ready to follow those who came before us. Allow me, dear God, to say a few words about those who, still in their desperation, opt for surgery of various kinds to solve their food addiction. I will not ever be able to endorse or even think of allowing such a method to be used under the guise of recovery. Perhaps if a person may honestly say they have sincerely walked the road of happy destiny, really worked and went through ALL 12 STEPS, and still had no relief, then and only then would I be able to endorse such an action. I live every day with the results of one type of surgery and the results were, as expected, tragic.

Having expressed my opinion regarding any type of surgical procedure to lose weight, the reader needs to understand the writer has had first hand experience with several people and none were of a positive nature. There are those whose immediate situations are left with little hope of surviving. These, while rare cases, should be addressed. May the God of your understanding grant the wisdom to make a decision which should be made only by the doctor and the patient. Go gently and with peace into the night. My heart and love go with you. I will say no more; case closed.

When first we took those small shaky steps, ever fearful that this would be just another failure, who would have imagined we would wind up here, the beginning of the rest of our lives. Slowly our hearts and minds have been changed, and mostly without our knowledge - it just happened as if by magic or maybe miracle. The steps of the program have led us to admit we needed to surrender, to do a thorough self-examination, have prepared us to let go of our defects and have led us to make a sincere effort to restore our self-worth by making good all our misdeeds, unless we would hurt others. What a trip!

Slowly we turned ourselves over to the God of our understanding, not in step three, for there we made only a decision. In the 4th through 9th steps we prayed many times for wisdom and courage to make things right from our past life, and for that same wisdom and courage to do steps 10, 11, and 12 on a daily basis. Having had a spiritual awakening, think about what that statement says about you, yes you out there. If you think you have not changed, ask your harshest critic; there will be your proof. We just need an open mind a "suspension of disbelief." When we accept the challenge of leading a spiritual life, the feelings of boredom and suffocation are lifted and we look for others to help.

There are people in business who howl their disapproval at practicing these principles in all our affairs, but they soon find the honesty they fear brings newer and better business, because God is directing things. AND WHY NOT. A certain men's O/A group made up of such businessmen tried to conduct their every day business like an O/A meeting. All but one had smiles after the trial period. The one who did not started to mend his ways too late and is, I believe, in a federal prison. The days that disappeared like a blur now have different directions, ones we can be proud of. This is not the special case, but the normal sum of doing the next right thing.

Sharing the wealth of what the program has given is paramount to keeping our emotional and spiritual health in fighting trim. I promise if you do not give away what has been given to you, you will wake up one morning in the throes of a full living relapse that might take years if ever to recover from. I have always, and do now, believe my God will never forsake me. However some folks whom I greatly admire for their many years of doing the right thing, live in semi-fear that they may have another relapse to do, but not another recovery. I choose to live what days left to me fear and guilt-free.

Perhaps the most important thing I have learned is that WE CANNOT KEEP WHAT WE DO NOT GIVE AWAY. Please know that this is handed to us from the AA BB, which I consider my textbook for living.

Service, service, service and then more service. Give what you can - make coffee, set up chairs, lead or speak at the meetings you attend. Please become a sponsor, and do so without fear, because you are responsible only to offer what you have learned, the results belong to God and to God alone. At whatever step you are on there is some poor soul who knows less than you - grab their hand and remember the wartime incident when the wounded hero told the coward who ran from battle, "Coward take my coward's hand."

Thanks for hanging out with me. The person behind me will do this much better; I know because they told me so. AND WHY NOT.......Danny


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