First Step Notes
We – If we are all the same species, it makes sense that a disease would present with common symptoms for all of us. Listening to shares at meetings, talking to other addicts, reading and other experiences show us that the effects of our addiction are the same, or very similar, for everyone. We are all in the same boat.
Powerless – once we are under the influence of our drug (including the “hits” and intrigues that give us little thrills) we are out of control. We can’t always predict what we’ll do next.
Unmanageable – we can’t control anything but our attitudes toward people, places and things. That includes significant others, business associates, people at meetings, acceptance or rejection of ideas, and anything else outside ourselves. …
Practical Karma – Karma is real, and occurs here and now, not in some other life. In one way or another, we reap what we sow, whether directly or in quality of life:
- angry people repel nice folks and attract other angry ones;
- cheaters and other thieves have to watch their backs;
- stingy people find that others are unwilling to share;
- those who withhold emotional connection fail to find happiness;
- and so forth.
For every yin, there’s a yang.