Great thread, I'm attending a mens step 6 and 7 workshop tomorrow. We have covered off 1 to 5 already. This is a good message for me.
I am now 17 months sober. First time I came into AA was about 20 years ago. I went through all of the steps in 2007 and drank again. I'm extremely hard headed and egotistical
This time when I came in I was beat. I had lost my second job to drinking and my wife was walking out with my kid. That has not happened yet and one day at a time it does not have to.
When I came back in this time I worked all the steps again in about 3 months. For guys like me faster is better but as I learned surrender and being willing to be thorough from the very start is also kinda important.
This time as I did step 9's I started with the tougher ones and I did not stop I did as many as I could and saved a few for face to face that I will be doing in a months time.
During this process of doing the step 9's this time I had a connection with HP come about that changed my life and also by the grace the craving had been lifted right from my first day back in the program so I am very lucky in that regard. By the time I was 4 months in and had my break through and had had no craving something told me that for the first time in my life I actually had a chance to remain clean and sober and today one day at a time I believe it to still be true.
I now sponsor two guys and I continue to learn. I have been willing to continue to grow and have removed those niggly items that are still in stock.
In reflection I realise that there was a time in my 20's and before I got into a serious relationship that I was actually quite honest about my drinking with my friends and tried several times on my own to stop and that usually lasted about 4 to 6 months max. By my 30's I was hiding drinking from my wife and living an absolute double life and it just about killed me.
Today if I'm off the beam I simply remind myself that I am an Alcoholic and I am lucky to be alive or to not have killed anyone else and I do a fast gratitude list.
Today my gratitude list is always about 20 times longer than my hit list