This Episode is sponsored by Siegfried W.
Mark, Joe, Spencer, and Russ discuss their successes and failures in 2012. Joe started the show by talking about how his work in the program has paid off this year. The living amends Joe worked on paid off in his family relations, especially with his father, sister, and nephew. Joe said that he received so much more than sobriety by working the steps. The program gave him the tools to change so that his family relationships could grow.
Spencer talked about the power of steps 6 and 7. He had worked these steps previously, but this time he really explored some fear areas of his life and he was more ready to accept them as part of his life. By working these steps, he received relief. As soon as he was ready, the grip on him started to be removed and he got relief. Spencer understands that he is being relieved of these fears, they are not gone, but lessened. There is work to be done and habits have been formed around these fears and he is working on it. It is a relief for Spencer to talk about these fears.
Russ shared about his ability to be a citizen of the world. Russ is more aware of his gratitude for opportunities because of his sobriety. There have been ups and downs but he is more aware of the necessity to be open minded. He has discovered the gifts of the program but is also aware there is more work to be done. Just like if he was to receive a new car as a gift, he still would have to change the oil and do a maintenance program to take care of the gift. Russ shared that growth implies change and sometimes change can be painful.
Mark shared that his so grateful to be able to go through the difficult moments sober, like the death of his son. He is grateful for the program and the fellowship so that he can feel the feelings and not have to take a drink to cope. Mark shared that he has more awareness of his need for his higher power. Mark is also more aware his profound love for the people around him. These are both gifts of the program.
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