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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

The Second Step of the Twelve is the one that opens the door to understanding and growth. Once we have admitted our helplessness — and our inability to manage our lives — then we are ready to
“believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”

Do I find it shocking to admit that my thinking was not sane, that I reacted in an unreasonable manner to the alcoholic’s activities? Let me look back at the First Step for proof! But now I realize there is available to me a Power to which I can turn for help. This is a Power greater than we are. If we accept this, we gain a more realistic insight into our relation to the universe.

Today’s Reminder:

I can attain real dignity, importance and individuality only by admitting my dependence on a Power which is great and good beyond anything I can imagine or understand. I want to use this help in making all my decisions. Even though my little human mind cannot figure out what the outcome will be, I am confident that whatever comes will be for my ultimate good.

“Thank God I am not dependent on my own resources alone. Having tried to bring order and meaning into my life without God’s help, I will now step aside and let Him take over.”

From the book “One Day at a Time in Al-Anon”. © Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. 1973