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Post Info TOPIC: Surrender

MIP Old Timer

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Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him. -- Step Three of Al-Anon

Surrendering to a Power greater than ourselves is how we become empowered.

We become empowered in a new, better, more effective way than we believed possible.

Doors open. Windows open. Possibilities occur. Our energy becomes channeled, at last, in areas and ways that work for us. We become in tune with the Plan for our life and our place in the Universe.

And there is a Plan and Place for us. We shall see that. We shall know that. The Universe will open up and make a special place for us, with all that we need provided.

It will be good. Understand that it is good, now.

Learning to own our power will come, if we are open to it. We do not need to stop at powerlessness and helplessness. That is a temporary place where we re-evaluate where we have been trying to have power when we have none.

Once we surrender, it is time to become empowered.

Let the power come, naturally. It is there. It is ours.

Today, I will be open to understanding what it means to own my power. I will accept powerlessness where I have no power; I will also accept the power that is mine to receive.

From The Language of Letting Go

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~Dr. Seuss

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I was surprised to see step 3 quoted instead of step 1.  Surrender seems to be so important and it all seems to come from admitting powerlessness.  A full workthrough of step 1 seems to really bring a lot of peace (at least for me it has).  Powerless over alcohol.  Powerless over people.  Powerless over places.  Powerless over things.  I personally never thought taking myself out of the driver's seat (as much as I can each day) would be so empowering and it does seem to give the daily reprieve from drinking.  As long as I constantly remind myself I am powerless over most things, I don't stress out as much, don't feel constantly victimized, and I don't feel like I have to drink to make everything better.  Furthermore, with alcohol being the chief thing I am powerless over, that bandaid solution is really not an option anyhow.  I am grateful AA and you guys introduced me to the concept and I seem to be getting it right.  I would have never come up with it on my own because it was always about adding stuff or wrecking myself to fix either me, others, or my surroundings. My HP and turning things over (steps 2 and 3) are still under development but as long as I surrender and accept I'm not the one who controls everything, it's all going to come in time I think. 

Keep coming back. It works if you work it. So work it. You're worth it!

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Awesome words Pinkchip, so well put...thank you.


Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~Buddha

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