The numbered items are the original twelve steps as published by Alcoholics Anonymous (thanks to Wikipedia). In bold are the adjustments required for last week’s program. I don’t know why I find the AA story so inspiring but I always have. My borrowing is about respect and admiration not belittling. Hopefully that translates.
The real deal/Michelle’s Re-appropriation
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
We admitted we were powerless over the chaos of commitments – that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Tried to believe that a Power greater than ourselves was interested in restoring us to sanity
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Made a decision to turn everything over to the care of God (whom we tentatively hoped could understand the parts of us we don’t).
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Refused to engage in anything remotely related to further fearless moral inventories of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being that for a little while, we no longer cared about the nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Were entirely ready to have God make a path through the crippling ocean of life’s small irritations. (Until then, character defects would have to wait.)
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Humbly asked Him to remove both the irritations and our shortcomings – with major hints that currently one was exacerbating the other.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Made a list of all obligations we might escape as well as dreams that might not be worth the cost of admission.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Backed out of things except when to do so would actually injure others.
- Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
Continued to refuse further personal inventory except where doing so proved helpful or hopeful.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Sought through prayer and reflection to improve conscious contact with God, who although endlessly impossible to understand, is still the best rock in the storm.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Having had an emotional recharging as the result of these steps, we tried to write about it, and look for ways to implement increased best practice in all our affairs.
Based on renewed hope and energy, I’m saving the above steps for potential re-use in the future.