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My most talked about poem is now also a song...

I'm Tired is one of the poems I wrote, that is now a song on the CD 12.

For my most known poem, it is only fitting that Alan Haven performed the song for what he is known for... jazz and blues.
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.      poem       article

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.  poem      article

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him   poem     article

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.   poem      article

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.    poem     article

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.   poem     article

7. Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.    poem     article

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.  poem     article

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible,
except when to do so would injure them or others.        
poem      article

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.     poem      article

11. 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.      poem      article

12. 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.       
poem      article

The 12 steps are copyrighted by Alcoholics Anonymous.  These steps appear on pages 59-60 of AA's Big Book.  Don't you wish
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High Praise for the video poem
The 12 Steps and Creating Dreams

From Bill Urell’s Addiction Recovery Basics website

"My good friend at sent me this video poem to view.   His site is certainly worth a visit as he has professional grade
addiction recovery videos that are quite simply the best on the net.  This video is a two-fer. Two-fer a nickel, as it was done
by Dave Harm who has another site I heartily endorse at  I endorse very few sites but these two guys are
talented and have a wonderful message, Check out the sites and the video. Enjoy!"
The worst feeling in
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head full of AA and
a belly full of booze...
Spirituality vs. Religion

While many may believe that the two are one in the same.  I disagree.  You can be spiritual without being religious.  And you can also be religious
without being spiritual.  Three quotes I've heard about the difference that I truly enjoy.

- "Religion is for people scared of going to hell, while spirituality is for people who've been in hell."
- "Religion is man's search for a God. Spirituality is God's search for a man."
- "Religion has torn the world apart.  Spirituality is teaching the world to hold hands."
- "Religion is belief in someone else's experience.  Spirituality is having your own experience."
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A spiritual journey is extremely personal.  Along the way some very magical experiences can occur.  The hard
part about starting a journey of this kind is "throwing away" everything you ever learned up to that point.  I do
believe that it is not a sin to explore our spiritual heritage and how we got to where we are.

I also believe that my Higher Power encouraged this journey of mine.  The reason, I believe, is to have a
closer relationship with Him (or Her).  This is why a spiritual journey doesn't have to involve religion.  With
religion we are stuck with a specific set of rules.

I'm not saying religion doesn't work.  It works for many people and everyone has a wonderful story to share.  
But it doesn't work for me.  But my spiritual journey did need a basic foundation with what I learned as a child
through religion.

I needed to have hope for a future in a bright new world.  I needed to believe in a love that was unconditional and I needed to have a trust in
Something that I really could never totally explain.  For me, I needed to find a way where the 12 Steps and the 10 Commandments worked together.

Over time, I realized that they are basically two sides of the same coin.  This is my humble attempt at trying to make comparisons between the two.
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