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Your Twelve Step Journey:

Barbara Niemeyer

Copyright 2012 AWS Media LLC

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Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr

God, grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change

Courage to change the things I can

And the wisdom to know the difference



After attending a few meetings of Al-Anon, I realized that my recovery and the program centered upon working the twelve steps. Yet, there was no one I was drawn to ask to be my sponsor in my small local group. After several months and a few attempts with a temporary sponsor, I began to work the steps on my own. This wasn’t my first rodeo.

Conventional wisdom will encourage you to work the twelve steps with a sponsor. A newcomer to the program will find many potential pitfalls when there is not a sponsor to provide insights and guidance. In fact, I later re-worked those steps with a veteran sponsor who brought a deeper level of understanding and a transformation of my being. Yet, everyone must begin somewhere. Every journey begins with a single step.

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