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More About Powerlessness

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Tuesday, 13 November 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

More About Powerlessness

I had a really incredible morning, despite the fact that I woke up at the crack of dawn, 5:00 a.m. to be exact.

Immediately upon rising from bed, I shut off the alarm, walked back to bed, then kneeled and recited the Third Step Prayer from memory.

“God, I offer myself to thee, to build with me and to do with me as thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, so that I may better do thy will, take away my difficulties, so that victory over them may bear witness to those I may help of thy power, thy love, and thy way of life. May I do thy will always. Amen”

Practically every morning that I have been clean, sober, and a grateful recovering Alcoholic, I recite this prayer. It has made all the difference in living life as an Addict/Alcoholic.

As I begin my day on my knees, in prayer, I admit powerless and turn it all over to God.

Yes, I have a plan for the day – head to the gym, grab coffee, breakfast, shower, get to work, then a meeting, and so forth.

But, at any given moment, I am open to change my plans in an effort to serve my heavenly father and to practice the principles of the great program of Alcoholics Anonymous that is revealing to me who I am meant to be.

Sometimes, divine intelligence comes to me in a thought to be of service by texting a particular person, “let go and let God.” Yes, being powerless is that simple.

Another time, a thought may come to me to change my writing plans for the day. Instead of what I planned, I focus on another topic of sobriety or recovery.

In a synchronistic manner, later that day, a reader e-mails me and informs me that an article that I wrote inspired him to go to rehab.

In another case, a parent organizes an intervention for the child who has had a hard time getting sober.

Meanwhile, another person informs me that the words that I wrote were just what she needed to read to get through the day sober.

These are just a few examples of what can occur, when I get out of the way, remain open, admit I am powerless, and pray for direction.

As alcoholics and addicts, we often think that we have it covered, that we have all the answers.

Alcoholics and addicts, alike, it is a good idea to remind ourselves that this particular thinking resulted in our abusing drugs and excessively drinking alcohol.

In an effort to remain sober, perhaps you can choose a prayer and therefore symbolically admit powerlessness. Watch and be amazed at how much direction you receive and how much your life becomes effortless and joyful.

If you or someone that you love is struggling with alcoholism perhaps quality intervention is are in order. Call or text us. We want to help you!

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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