We often come to Alcoholics Anonymous with the philosophy that if something works, it will work even better and faster if we try harder. But AA involves a long-term process of growth and change. Our efforts to speed up this process are more likely to interfere with it, leaving us frustrated and depressed, In AA we learn that “easy does it.” The work often gets done when we stop pushing.
When I first came to Alcoholics Anonymous, I hear that although we learn to entrust our lives and our future to a Power greater than ourselves, we must do our part as well. With my usual fervor I threw myself into doing “footwork.” I made at least ten AA calls every day and began a frantic effort to practice all Twelve Steps at once. This can be overwhelming and exhausting. We are responsible for taking actions, but the results are on God’s timetable, not ours.
Today I know that I can plant a seed in fertile soil, but I don’t help the plant to grow by tugging at the seed in hope that it will sprout. I have to let the process unfold at its own pace. I take my commitment to recovery seriously, but I can’t expect to recover overnight. When I approach my life with an “Easy does it” attitude, I treat myself and the world around me gently and lovingly.Share post