June 2013: No finish line
By not racing for the end, this alcoholic can experience a happy, purposeful life
Over the past 20 years I have heard people state at meetings that they “did” the Steps or that they’re working “through” the Steps. When put in this light, it sounds as though there’s a definite goal to be obtained to which there’s an end result. My experience is different. I’ve found that I’m never finished with the Steps, for they provide a structure for me to live by. Before AA, I had no chance for a happy and purposeful life. My old, self-imposed guidelines on how to live ended in despair and deprivation.