We admitted we are powerless over our alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
It is no coincidence that the very first step mentions powerlessness. An admission of personal powerlessness over alcohol is a cornerstone of the foundation of recovery. I’ve learned that I do not have the power and control I once thought had. I am powerless over what people think about me. Iam powerless over what people think about me. I am powerless over having just missed the bus. I am powerless over how other people work (or don’t work) the Steps. But I’ve also learned I am not powerless over somethings. I am not powerless over my attitudes. I am not powerless over negativity.
I am not powerless over assuming responsibility for my own recovery. I have the power to exert a positive influence on my loved ones, and the world in which I live.
THE VICTORY OF SURRENDER
We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps towards liberation and strength.Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built.
When alcohol influenced every facet of my life,when bottle became the symbol of all my self-indulgence and permissiveness, when I came to realize that, by myself, I could do nothing to overcome the power of alcohol, I realize I had no recourse except surrender. In surrender I found victory- victory over my selfish, self-indulgence, victory over my stubborn resistance to life as it was given to me. When I stopped fighting anybody and or anything. I started on the path to sobriety, serenity and peace.