Willingness is the readiness to take positive action. Most of us first demonstrate willingness to recover when we come to an S-Anon meeting. It becomes clear that when we are “sick and tired of being sick and tired” and in pain, we are ready to do whatever it takes. It becomes clear that without on-going willingness, spiritual growth is not possible. We show our willingness by going to meetings, sharing at meetings, making telephone calls, working the Steps, learning the Traditions, doing service, and thoughtfully considering suggestions from our sponsors. “Willingness” continues to challenge us as we make progress in our recovery—when we speak to a newcomer, sponsor someone, apply the suggestions of a sponsor, and do Step work. Willingness is an attitude that stems from humility—how teachable we are. Many of us experience increased willingness when we ask our Higher Power for it. Willingness moves us toward the promised gifts of the S-Anon program, which include serenity, dignity, and emotional growth.

Reprinted from Working the S-Anon Program, 2nd Edition, page 52.

 July 29, 2019

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