Step 2

I was just at a zoom meeting where someone commented that we don’t need to rely on meetings, we need to rely on a higher power.

The higher power daunted me in the beginning, for sure. I still hold it as a very loose concept.

A different zoom meeting I attended read the second step from the 12 and 12 and I was convicted by this part, on page 30:

……we had substituted negative for positive thinking……this trait was an ego-feeding proposition. In belaboring the sins of some religious people, we could feel superior to all of them……..self -righteousness, the very thing we had contemptuously condemned in others, was our besetting evil. This phony form of respectability was our undoing, so far as faith was concerned. But finally, driven to AA, we learned better.

I’d like to think I’ve learned better, and maybe I have in that I can recognize it more easily now. But if I substitute conservative for religious – in belaboring the sins of some conservative people – I feel like I am back at square one.

The paragraph ends there, at “we learned better,” and it doesn’t give instructions for how to learn. Be my right size, I know. Many of the people I view negatively because of their political beliefs are certainly “better” people than I am, doing more good than I do, and possibly not viewing me negatively, the way I view them.

Trudging. The. Road.

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