Get Out Of The Driver’s Seat

The concept of powerlessness is often a difficult one to accept. Most of us would like to believe that we are in charge of our own destinies. That we could start or stop any behavior we wanted to at any time. When we got honest with ourselves, we admitted that this was not case. At least, not for our drug of choice. Whether it was alcohol, drugs or food we could not stop using it in an addictive way. That’s when we finally said, “I’m powerless over substance X”.
As we began to examine our life, we found that we had been attempting to change other behaviors for a long time. Perhaps it was anger or resentment or jealousy that kept popping up in our life. Try as we might, our behavior did not change. That’s when we realized that we could turn our defects of character over to our Higher Power. It had worked for us around our drug of choice; for our obsession to use had lifted. We began to apply the same principle to other areas of our life. We stilled worked on ourselves. We just became open to the possibility of G-d entering the equation.

Personal Reflection: Am I the driver or the passenger?

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