WTS ~ WORKING THE STEPS

2009

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



ESSAY

The wonderful thing that recovery has opened up to me is good health, both physically and spiritually. I came to program rather bitter about things spiritual Ė nothing seemed to happen for me! The Late Liz, a recovering alcoholic of yesteryear, sang a song which she entitled, ďThe Gimme God Blues.Ē I think I now understand exactly what she meant.

My spiritual awakening was not accompanied by drum rolls and trumpets, but it was a very definite change in my life and outlook. What I came to know in a deeply personal way was that I could not be the center of my own life. That space was reserved for my HP. I also found that my HP had always been there, but I had not looked in the right place. As I progressed in recovery, I have come to the place where I can get in touch with my center quickly and easily. But, then, Iíve also been practicing!

There are many ways to carry the message. Going to meeting, sponsoring, leading a workshop, and talking to people who seem to be ready to listen. I know one of my first opportunities to carry the message came when a dear friend, who was very obese, asked me how I had lost all that weight. I told her. She wasnít really quite ready to hear the message right then, but she came to OA after a while, and has been active ever since. Sometimes I have failed, too. One man simply was not willing to do what was necessary, and alas, died from his extreme obesity at the age of 44. But I tried, and I was honest with him.

And honesty, together with openness and willingness, are keys to practicing these principles in all our affairs. The willingness to make amends when needed, and continuing to work with our HP on our character defects are also important.

We need to listen to others, too. Newcomers, obviously, need to be heard and helped. Older hands may have something worthwhile to say.

I personally think that all dependent persons have codependencies, too, and those are some of the things we need to work on. Having grown up in an insane environment, I was insane, and this affected all my relationships as well as my eating. I have worked on trying to model interdependent behaviors as a part of my overall recovery.

Step Twelve is about you. Your life, your recovery.

A good many of you have worked through to the end. I think that is marvelous, and I want you to know that I appreciate that, and hope you have gotten as much from this study as I have.

Now, all of you who have completed the study should sign up to sponsor for the next WTS Study. That is you next growth step. Take it.

Love,

John

Flowers


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


1. Share what has happened to you as a result of these steps. Have you felt a spiritual movement within yourself? What has it been like?

2. Have you had opportunity to take this message to other compulsive eaters? Do you realize that finishing this workshop has given you opportunity to share your recovery with others? Are the other examples?

3. List some ways you can see yourself practicing the principles I mentioned, and any others you may think of. Have the Steps changed the way you do business and relate to people in your life? Share some examples, if you are willing to do so.

4. The Steps need to be revisited from time to time. I have found that for me, I need to go over them at least once a year. It is a discipline I eagerly accept. What will your discipline be?

Love,

John

Flowers


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


1. One of the things I sometimes find is that in writing the essay, I tend to answer my questions. What I would add is that I have suffered from chronic depression, sometimes severe, all my adult life. I self medicated with food, which worked to a degree, until it become perhaps more of the problem than the depression. Within myself, there seemed to be only darkness and despair. I do not at all disparage medications and therapy, they can be lifesavers. But in the end, it was program that led me to see the light that was shining within me. Oddly, today, I can be depressed and still see that light.

I told someone that my glass had moved from being half empty to being half full, but it didnít stop there Ė it is overflowing!

2. I gave some examples in the essay, and I could add others, but that is enough, I would venture. Some of you know what Occamís Razor is: Once you have enough examples to prove your point, donít multiply them infinitely.

3. I know that I have become far more honest and open in dealing with others. I try to keep no secrets except for good surprises. I believe that to the extent that my life is an open book, I will continue to recover. I work on my character defects. Only recently I found the way to let God remove my tendency to yell when angry. I may not always succeed, but itís been a good while since I have done this. Miracles never cease.

4. Your answer is???

Love,

John




 
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