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Old 09-02-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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Default The Problem, The Solution, The Results

The Problem, The Solution, The Results

the PROBLEM: step 1
The trouble is not there but with me, because I am sold into slavery
with alcoholism as my owner. I don't understand myself at all, for I really
want to do what is right, but can't. I do what I don't want to--what I
hate. I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad
conscience proves that I agree with these laws I am breaking. But I can't
help myself, because I'm no longer doing it. It is alcoholism inside me
that is stronger than I am that makes me do these evil things. I know I am
rotten through and through so far as my old alcoholic nature is concerned.
No matter which way I turn I can't make myself do right. I want to but I
can't. When I want to do good, I don't; and when I try not to do wrong, I
do it anyway. Now if I am doing what I don't want to, it is plain where the
trouble is: alcoholism still has me in its evil grasp. It seem to be a
fact of live that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is
wrong. I love to do God's will so far as my new nature is concerned; but
there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that it at war
with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the alcoholism that
is still within me. In my mind I want to be God's willing servant but
instead I find myself still enslaved to alcoholism. So you see how it is:
my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me
loves to drink. Oh, what a terrible predicament I'm in!
the SOLUTION: step 2
Asking for God's protection and care with complete abandon by use of
the twelve steps in the program of recovery of A.A.
then RESULTS: from steps 3-12
A spiritual awakening resulting in love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, tolerance, serenity.

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AA gives us an opportunity to recreate ourselves, with God's help, one day at a time. --Rufus K.
When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. --Franklin D. Roosevelt
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