Solving our common problem…
Recovery, Twelve Step programs bring together people who admit certain behaviors that society often views with pity or contempt.
Some of these behaviors, such as alcoholism and gambling, are heavily stigmatized.
Though we often talk about “our common problem”, the thing we have most in common with each other is that we’re human
beings who share the human condition. No one is really immune from the similar problems that beset us.
That’s why somebody once remarked, only in half-jest, that “alcoholics are like normal people, only more so.” We have to remember that the people around us are no different from us in that they are subject to such feelings as pride, resentment, self-pity, and discouragement.
Our common problem is really that we’re human beings who need a spiritual life in order to become our true selves. This can turn a problem into a new life if we accept the program.
Today I’ll look upon all people with understanding and acceptance. Everyone shares the same feelings that drive me, and everyone deserves my warmth and understanding.