We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Step 2 was a stumbling block for me, until someone pointed out that “a power greater than myself” did not have to mean “God” as our culture understands “Him”. What was becoming clear to me, was that my attempts to exert power over the alcoholic and the situation were making me more crazy, rather than more sane. It was also becoming clear that I was becoming more sane through regular attendance at Al-Anon meetings, reading the literature, listening to others, and talking about my life's unmanageability. The Al-Anon program was clearly a “power greater than myself”, and through this recognition, I was able to accept Step 2. I could leave the whole “God question” for later.
A meditation for January 24, 2013.