Purple Finches at the birdbath. A Catherine Frost photo
I'm ready for a nice easy day, wonder what will happen? No smoking that's for sure.
Accepting powerlessness is a prerequisite of recovery. As adult children, the very idea may seem puzzling or even laughable. Haven’t we felt powerless all along? Shouldn’t we be trying to move away from powerlessness and toward power?
But in the program, we’ve found “powerless” to have a different meaning. We see how we have exhausted all the nonproductive, ineffective ways to deal with our situation. Powerlessness here means we’re giving up on willpower, force, and intellectualizing because they just didn’t work.
When we admit we are powerless, we are saying that we are through trying to do it on our own—finished with attempts at recovery that are centered around our own strength or cunning. To lay down our old failed powers is not much different, after all, from laying down a broken old bike with two flat tires. It was better than nothing, but now we have a new means of moving on our way.
From: Days of healing.....
"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings."
William Arthur Ward