If everybody would just do it MY way, the world would work so much better!
There was this one little problem -- I was living with an alcoholic. I was sharing my life, my world, with someone who had a disease that caused them to be compelled to do something that was harmful to them. This made no sense, defied all logic, and left me baffled and confused.
Nothing I ever did worked. I was whipped. Angry. Frustrated. Lonely. Then Al-Anon told me that none of those things I did or didn't do mattered. I was powerless. I was dealing with a disease that denied it existed and that resisted treatment.
Admitting you are powerless may sound like giving up. Well, that's exactly where I was, I surrendered! But the steps don't stop with surrender. They continue with a path of recovery that gave me a new power, a new freedom, in realizing that it was NOT my job to decide when someone else was ready to begin recovery.
There is power greater than myself who is NOT powerless. A power that is in control and much more capable than I ever was. All I had to do to get that power in my life was to make a simple decision to turn it over to Him and sit back and watch it work in my life and the lives of others. Which, when you think about it, requires no real effort at all.