My most talked about poem...
I'm Tired is now a video. For all the years I've sat around AA tables, I've never
met a person who came to their first meeting saying it's time to quit. Mostly they
come out of fear. Fear of going to jail, losing a job, or getting a divorce. But the
truth is they all come because they are sick and tired of being sick and tired.
|The 12 Steps of AA
My experiences, strengths, and hopes with the 12 Steps
told in a story and a poem
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.
7. Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.
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 everyone was involved in a 12
High Praise for the video poem
The 12 Steps and Creating Dreams
From Bill Urell’s Addiction Recovery Basics website
"My good friend at Sobriety.tv 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 DaveHarm.com. I
endorse very few sites but these two guys are talented and have a wonderful message, Check out the sites and the video. Enjoy!"
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."
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.
The worst feeling in the world...
Is having a head full of AA and a belly full of
with the 12 Steps
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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.
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