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In This Moment with Toby C - Toby C EPISODE 122, 18th June 2021
Willingness in Recovery
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Willingness in Recovery

  • There is only one key, and it is called willingness.
  • Though self-will may slam it shut again, as it frequently does, it will always respond the moment we again pick up the key of willingness.

  • All by himself, and in the light of his own circumstances, he needs to develop the quality of willingness.

  • He goes on to explain that any person capable of enough willingness and honesty to try repeatedly Step Six on all his faults -- without any reservations whatever -- has indeed come a long way spiritually, and is therefore entitled to be called a man who is sincerely trying to grow in the image and likeness of his own Creator.

  • We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable.

  • This required great willingness even to begin.

  • Already a willingness has been achieved to cast out one's own will and one's own ideas about the alcohol problem in favor of those suggested by A.A.

  • Belief in the power of God, plus enough willingness, honesty and humility to establish and maintain the new order of things, were the essential requirements.

  • Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery.

  • Upon a foundation of complete willingness I might build what I saw in my friend.

  • Once we have placed the key of willingness in the lock and have the door ever so slightly open, we find that we can always open it some more.

  • Once unlocked by willingness, the door opens almost of itself, and looking through it, we shall see a pathway beside which is an inscription.

  • In all these situations we need self-restraint, honest analysis of what is involved, a willingness to admit when the fault is ours, and an equal willingness to forgive when the fault is elsewhere.

Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (12 & 12)