“Meetings Helped Me Admit Powerlessness”

Thought for today:

The Steps and the Tools work together in recovery from the disease of debting.  Let’s take a look at how intertwined the Tools and Steps actually are.

A member shares:

 “I can’t handle debt.  It’s like quicksand to me; once I’m in it’s almost impossible to get out.

“Until I admitted that I was trapped by debt there was no hope of escape.  But when I made meetings and found others going through the same thing, I was able to see the type of thinking that got me into trouble.

“In DA, I heard stories of people just like me, powerless over debt. Finally I found a place I could talk about my feelings of shame and remorse about debt.  I was not alone.

“Meetings helped me admit that I was powerless over debt.  I always want to remember how I suffered over debt.  I never want to forget and turn away from DA and my solvency.”

DA Step One:

“We admitted we were powerless over debt—that our lives had become unmanageable.”

DA Tool One: 

Meetings.  We attend meetings at which we share our experience, strength, and hope with one another. Unless we give to newcomers what we have received from D.A., we cannot keep it ourselves.”

Ask:

Do I know that I am powerless over unsecured debt, and that given enough time I will drift back into debt again?  Am I willing to make meetings, so that never happens?

Meditation for today:

No one likes to admit that they are different from others.  But in a way, it makes you special.

You were gifted with tools to face adversity, tools which others may not know about.

The more desperate your situation, the better your recovery, in this respect.  Otherwise you may not take solvency  as seriously.

Affirmation for today:

“When I trust that admitting powerlessness over debt will not leave me abandoned, I free myself from the bondage of shame which used to run my life.”

A Currency of Hope: The basic text of Debtors Anonymous.

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