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Grapevine : January 2011
I realize that I am a work in prog- ress and I need to just be willing to continue to work each Step as often as I need to. Some practical values I have applied to this Step have come out of my decision, prayers, willing- ness and other AA members. When I turn my life over to God it needs to be moment to moment, so that he can give me the guidance to do the right, loving thing. This is hard work. Al- though I may have the right answer, it is not for me to give the answer. My opinion is unimportant. I am to let others find their opinions and ways. This was really hard for a know-it-all. I am not to criticize anyone's life--- even when they ask? No! Imagine how I would feel if my messed up life was criticized by others. I am not to judge or talk about others. This is all difficult stuff and requires practice. Believe me, there "ain't no perfect," for me, or others in this Step. I have learned that my life in so- briety is to let my Higher Power do the best he can with me, be of service to others and let others be what they will. That is really hard when one has the ego and tendency toward perfec- tionism that I do. After years of work- ing this Step as I also continue with Steps Ten, Eleven and Twelve, I have finally realized what I think Bill W. and Dr. Bob were saying. I am meant to keep practicing and daily reaf- firming my decision to turn every- thing over. I can honestly look at the improvements I have made and see where I need to improve. I need to look at and acknowledge what prog- ress my God has accomplished and ask him to continue the work. What a freedom I have found in letting my loved ones be whom they want to be, to let the AA commu- nity have its natural conflicts, to set boundaries on myself, to extend love and faith and hope to all. Finally, I see that Step Three for me means to get outofthewayandletGoddoitall,to stop frustrating myself by trying to be the person I think he wants me to be, and to let God mold me. Let me be di- rected to do the right and good thing and it will happen. It took a lot of practice and redirection to know tru- ly that I am in charge of nothing and I better live that way if I want to stay sober. Today I know that as long as I reaffirm Step Three on a daily and momentary basis I can stay sober and have a freedom, happiness and seren- ity that I never thought possible.A.L. Troy, Mont. Ittookalotof practice and redirection to know truly that I am in charge of nothing and I better live that way if I want to stay sober. Grapevine 17