Sunday, 17 March 2019

WALK IN DRY PLACES #essentialsofrecovery


Practicing Principles

There’s no “softer, easier way,” we’re told. If so, why are we also urged to embrace the slogan “Easy does it”? Which is right?

Both are right, because they express two different ideas. The softer, easier way doesn’t work be-cause it grows out of self-deception and falls short of a thorough working of the program. “Easy does it” works because it describes an approach to action that is relaxed, confident, and careful.

The person seeking an easier, softer way usually avoids taking some of the steps that are considered necessary in maintaining sobriety. It’s a way of trying to win without doing sufficient work. The person following the “Easy does it” principle pays attention to every detail, but carries on without reasonable haste or excessive loafing.

In a spiritual sense, “Easy does it” also means letting the Higher Power carry the load. At all times, however, we must continue to make choices and bear responsibility for our actions.

I’ll be relaxed and confident while carrying on a full day’s activity. There is always time to do things the right way.

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