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Motivation Mondays

Step Three

Weekly Focal Point

“The first requirement is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success. On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good.”

~ Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous pg. 60 ~

Twelve Step Series: Step 3

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

Accepting the Third Step was a discipline we set for ourselves. It took vigilance not to slip and take back the reins into our own hands. We had been trying to solve our problems, make choices, and determine our actions by means of our fallible human wisdom and willpower alone. It was not enough; our failures and disappointments proved this. When we made plans, we realized we couldn’t possibly take every contingency into account. This explains why we were often frustrated by failure. We had many changes to make, and we began by learning how to use the help of a Higher Power. Making this decision to put ourselves in the care of a Higher Power took courage. Above all, it took confidence. It served us well when, day after day, we kept alert to what we were thinking, saying and doing. It helped to form the habit of including our Higher Power in our thoughts whenever we had a decision to make. When we thought of it as a daily or even hourly undertaking, it was amazing how readily we acquired the habit.

(Al-Anon’s Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, pg. 19)

3 C’s of Al-Anon

  1. We didn’t CAUSE it
  2. We can’t CONTROL it
  3. We can’t CURE it


***Next Family Afterward Meeting will take place on March 23rd  7 p.m. CST via Zoom***

Considerations for the Week

  1. What do I have to lose by making the decision to turn my will and my life over to my Higher Power?
  2. Am I willing to set aside what I think I know about recovery and my Higher Power, in favor of a new experience?
  3. Have I been successful at managing all facets of my life based on my will power alone? Will I use this as motivation to connect with my Higher Power in my recovery journey?