This year we will add members' comments to the EA Trustees' thoughts on the monthly reflection. In the early 1950’s Twelve Steps groups began informally sharing what became known as the Principles of the 12 Steps, which will be our focus in 2018. Each Step has a corresponding Principle to keep in mind. The Principles are found in the It Works If You Work It book on pages 33-34.
The 12 Principles, Step 2: Hope
Below members share how HOPE factors into Step 2, "Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity," for them.
I like the reflection (Today 1/16) about finding hope, even if my life hasn't become more manageable. For me, when I admit unmanageability, it helps a lot, because that's when I usually am able to surrender and stop trying to fix things that are out of my control. I think my life has become a lot more manageable since I've been in EA, for that reason. I wouldn't say my life is perfect, but it's gotten a lot better since I stopped trying so hard to manage things that weren't mine to manage. I’m very grateful….Gail
When I first saw the 2nd step, I thought this is easy. I had started to go to meetings and assumed that in itself was sanity. I may not have found instant sanity I thought was there, but I did find hope, hope in people, the program and God. The people I met knew and understood what it was like to feel alone and I felt safe; in the program I found hope in the Promises, so many of them helped to combat the fear I had inside, and I became reacquainted with the God of my understanding and remembered what it was like to have Him by my side. Many years later, I still find hope through 12 step recovery...Karen
Step 2 gave me hope that I could come to believe there was a Higher Power greater than me and all those emotions that were bothering me, in particular extreme anger and sadness. This step gave me hope that I could have sane behavior. I got hope when I saw other members using a Higher Power to help them with sanity in their lives and saw them living sane lives. I found the hope that I needed to change to live a way more peaceful life. After step two, I had hope EA could help me and grateful it has! ...Connie
Many things were missing from my childhood. But it wasn't until I committed to working my program that I realized one of the most important things missing was hope. Hope that I will get better. Hope that "this too shall pass." Hope that there is a Higher Power behind me. Now, I have hope. And I believe it is one of the most important things I can have and hold onto...Chris
If you would like to submit your reflection for publication consideration, email it to email@example.com by the 15th of the month prior to publication. Please keep your submissions to 100 words.