It's so great to see you on the board again! It's great to read your messages, to ponder your questions and to wonder how you are doing. It helps keep my mind off of me!!!! Imagine that! I'm very grateful that Step12.com is up and running, too!
Great question! Awesome question! Thank you for asking it. I'll try to keep my answer very shortâ€¦. But, remember, Iâ€™m not usually good at short!
First things first. AA's 12 Steps are very powerful Spiritual Principles. They are tools. And, they are a design for living that really works. A long time ago, I thought they were just a code or creed of "good ideas" until I began to take them, live them and practice them, daily.
I've known for many years to trust the guidance of my sponsor rather than my own guidance for myself. It always worked. And, my sponsor was always right. Always.
I often wondered how sponsors got so smart, especially if they, too, were powerless over alcohol, their lives were unmanageable, and they, too, needed to be restored to sanity!
Well... I think I discovered the answer. At least, the answer works for me.
"Following direction" is a Spiritual Principle. When we place ourselves in a position of being "not-God" and taking direction from â€œanother human beingâ€