Alcoholics Anonymous | December 1 | DonInLondon | Step 12 "Freedom To Choose"
Liberty, liberation, release, emancipation, deliverance,
December 1, 2013 Step Twelve Month: "having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs..." Past and present: I feel content and accept that every day is a spiritual awakening as a result of living free with integrity and principles based on the twelve steps working as hard as I work today. Every day is different, the spiritual experience simply goes on happening one day at a time. Nothing stands still in this life.
Under the current conditions of the day, and the conditions are bit like the weather, sunny, cloudy, stormy, hurricane, and on and on, we don't know what might happen, what we do learn is how the steps and principles which underpin our sobriety keeps us in reality most of the time. If we can see the truth in the moment of now and cope, always good. And sometimes the truth can be overwhelming whether it's a good thing or bad thing. Our feelings help us understand everything, and sometimes extremes can be very numbing and we can ask for help. Most days we cope, we are free to make choices and we can share a message to others if they are receptive. Of course sometimes we will be the wrong messenger, and another messenger will arrive and help. Different strokes for different folks. We learn as we go along the can do and cannot do in the moment of now.
I had a great Saturday, two Fellowship meetings, and listening to the experience strength and hope within them, I was hugely grateful for everything everybody said. And at the end of one of the meetings, mention of matters affecting our particular area within our locality. The problem of thirteenth stepping! What is thirteenth stepping? It was relayed as the problem of older men making friends and taking advantage of young women within the Fellowship. Of course this is exploitation at its worst. And whilst I agree completely, thirteenth stepping is not something to ignore, indeed we need to be very careful with anybody engaged in exploitative behaviour. So in my own humble opinion, we can be aware of older men pouncing on younger women, older women pouncing on younger men, old gay men and young gay boys, old gay women and young gay women, madams, ponce's, exploiters of talent, young women ensnaring old geezers, young boys ensnaring cougars, and anyone who is still drawing breath and might have a libido. Common sense usually wins through in the end. It is a serious point, it all lies in the motivation of people and their desires beyond sobriety one day at a time.
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