By Stephen Roos
Brisk, insightful, and compassionate, this booklet seems at all the Twelve Steps from a tender person's standpoint. Concrete course is helping improving young people make the stairs part of their lives.
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Additional resources for A Young Person's Guide To The Twelve Steps
Now we're ready for Step Four. Set a piece of paper on a table. Put a pencil next to it. Put some food and maybe some soda or a hot drink next to it. Maybe there should be some relaxing music on the radio or CD player. Page 34 Would you be more comfortable, more in touch with yourself, outdoors? By all means, sit by a stream if that's what makes you feel good. We're here to take care of ourselves better than we ever have before, not to hurt ourselves. Remember, there's no wrong way to do this step.
Did we steal booze from our parents or our friends' parents? Or lie about where we were the night before? How about those lame excuses we tossed off on teachers and bosses? Now that we're sober, we don't need to do any of that anymore. As our self-confidence emerges, we're more comfortable with ourselves. That makes it easier to be with other people too. We're no longer falling back on the tired old put-downs, the not-so-nice jokes (which weren't so funny either), the endless secrets, the terrible silences and angry outbursts that kept friends and family at a distance.
To those people, it came as a real surprise that in AA one can scorn religion and still have a deep spiritual faith. In Step Three, we learn that we don't need to believe in any religion or listen to any religious leaders in order to be spiritual. "God as we Page 26 understood God'' is the key phrase here and that means an unlimited freedom you may never have considered before. At first, the freedom is a little bewildering. It may also be very confusing. That's more than okay; many of our most spiritual women and men have had profound doubts.