"It is a paradox in the contemporary world that in our desire for
peace we must willingly give ourselves to struggle."
Who cares to admit complete defeat? Practically no one, of course.
Every natural instinct cries out against the idea of personal
powerlessness. It is truly awful to admit that, glass in hand, we have
warped our minds into such an obsession for destructive drinking that only
an act of
No other kind of bankruptcy is like this one. Alcohol, now become the rapacious creditor, bleeds us of all self-sufficiency and all will to resist its demands. Once this stark fact is accepted, our bankruptcy as going human concerns is complete.
But upon entering A.A. we soon take quite another view of this absolute humiliation. We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength. Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives can be built.
Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions pg. 21
Great Spirit guide us in our struggles.