I talked to a man in AA this morning. He just got his white chip; he has done this a few times. He was happy about it, the new beginning, the chance to start anew, and a community wherein he can in fact return to, and be understood.
I had a friend who was very critical of AA. So I asked him to spend a month going through the 12 steps. After a week he came back to me with a different idea about those who live their lives seeking to live out what the 12 steps ask of them. I have found that those in AA are the humblest, most respectful and down to earth people you can ever know. Is it perfect (?), of course not, are their problems within the movement (?), again yes, do many fail to live out what they say they believe, yes again, yet when it is lived out, the fruits are easy to see. Also we all mature at different rates. The same can be said for Christians as well, we also have many troubles and failures, yet we continue and those who do it well are lights and an oasis of hope for the rest of us.
Has anyone here lived out the 12 step program. If so what is the most important for you. All of them seem to be so important that I am not sure any are more important than others, they are so connected, yet we are all unique, so I would be interested in the thoughts of those who do the program. I think anyone can learn from the 12 steps.
Edited by markdohle, 15 September 2013 - 11:16 PM.