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I Alone can do it. But I can’t do it Alone.

I alone can do it. But I can’t do it alone.
–Anonymous

We’re the luckiest people alive because we don’t have to do anything alone! Whether we have a new assignment to tackle, a new relationship to cultivate, a new boss to please, we’ll never fail as long as we rely on the program, our sponsors, and our Higher Power.

That doesn’t mean we won’t have trying times and some failures. But the companionship we need for handling the difficult periods will never be denied us. Perhaps we think it will. Maybe that’s why we try to do too much alone.

We didn’t end up in this Twelve Step program as the result of living peaceful, productive lives. We’re here because we got scared. Our lives weren’t working. And they won’t work now if we insist on doing it alone. This is our second chance. Let’s take it.

I will seek the support I need from friends and God today. I’ll have a good day because of this.

I have no clue where I would be without my sponsor, people at 12-step meetings, and my friends in recovery. My support network means the world to me. Throughout every single day I find support at 12-step meetings, talking with my sponsor on the phone or meeting him in person, phone calls, seeing friends in recovery around town and in yoga, and helping a newcomer. When I am alone, I am left to my own devices. Being left to my own devices can easily lead me down the wrong path. I want to stay on my path of long term recovery and I am going to keep coming back. 

Following Instructions

When all else fails, read the instructions.

–Agnes Alien

The instructions for recovery are in our Twelve Step program. Yet, there are times when we feel our program isn’t working. At these times, we need to read the instructions.

Have you followed the “instructions,” the wise words found in The Big Book, The Twelve and Twelve, and other recovery literature? When we do, we recover.

It’s hard at times and easy at others. Our problems go deeper than just staying sober. No matter what our problems, our program can help us start fixing them if we follow the instructions. Don’t use alcohol or other drugs. Go to meetings. Talk often with sponsors and program friends. Work the Steps. Think. Easy Does It. First Things First. Listen. Let Go and Let God. One Day at a Time.

Prayer for the Day

Higher Power, tell me which instructions to read today. If I’m headed for trouble, help me out.

Today’s Action

I’ll read the instructions today.

This is such a great reading for me today. Life is so much easier if I just follow instructions. Life is so much easier if I continue to work a program of recovery. When I stay clean and sober, follow the instructions of the Twelve Step Program, and stay connected to guys in the program, life is easy. Life is easy, more fulfilling, more fun, and I never have the desire to drink or do drugs. I love my life today and I don’t ever want to give it up. I know that continue to work a program of recovery and staying connected is the best way to stay clean and sober.