Thanks for sharing Dee!!!
I wish you the best. And, we like having you here in the forum with us, too!!!
Interesting comments about Step Three.
I've been reflecting on Step Three for the past week, because tonight in our Steps meeting -- I'll be talking about Step 3. The meeting format starts at Step One, and we do one Step each week until we wind up on Step Twelve -- and then, we start all over again with Step One.
Each time that we do a Step, I like to try and discover a different way or a different angle to present the information so that it keeps the meeting lively and fresh with new ideas.
I particularly enjoy reading from Bill's Story about how Bill was taking his steps -- even before he had written them down. He refers to his experience with what was to become our 3rd Step, on page 13, of Bill's Story (Chapter 1, in the Big Book).
By following the chronology of his actions on pages 13 & 14-15, it illustrates him taking each of the 12 Steps.
Of particular interest to myself, are the sentences at the bottom of page 14, and the top of page 15,
"For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his ...
spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he
could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead. If he did not work, he would surely drink again, and if he drank, he would surely die. Then faith would be dead indeed. With us it is just like that."
What did he mean by "if he did not work?"
I believe the answer to that is on page 75, Into Action --
"We may have had certain spiritual beliefs, but now we begin to
have a spiritual experience." -- Beliefs are something that we do with our head. Actions are things that we do with our hands and our feet.
Actions produce experiences (like when we're sharing our "experience" strength and hope)... actions based upon spiritual principles... produce spiritual experiences. And, the spiritual experiences transforms our mind, brings healing, relieves us of our obsession, restores us to sanity, changes our personality... and allows us to experience life on a Higher plane than the physical, mental and emotional realms.
In Step 1, we became aware of our condition -- drinking or sober.
In Step 2, we became willing to believe in something -- a Power greater than ourselves.
In Step 3, we're making a decision -- to follow a certain course of "actions" (Steps 4-9) that will:
a. establish a conscious contact with God, as we understand Him
b. relieve us of our obsession to drink.
c. restore us to a state of sanity -- where, in Step 10, it indicates that "We have entered the world of the spirit" and that we begin to react "sanely and normally" --- and that the whole deal has happened automatically, as a result of taking the certain course of actions!
d. In Steps 10, 11 & 12 we "continue the work."
What a deal!!!!
Enjoy your experience tonight! And, enjoy the work!!!