November, autumn in full flow, bonfires, fireworks, misty mornings, shorter days and dark evenings. We have reached the eleventh month, thoughts and articles turn to Step Eleven. But to get to Step Eleven we have had to do a lot of work. Going through the Steps with our Sponsor, time in Step meetings with Fellows sharing about their progress or lack of progress or frustrations about working these Steps. On this journey to sobriety we have our Fellow AA members around us to help and support us and we have done service too by helping and supporting them. We are no longer alone, we have found our tribe, our Fellows understand us.
In our journey many of us have also found that we are not alone even when we are on our own. We have found our Higher Power, our "own conception of God." We can have this Higher Power all day every day, a power greater than alcohol! That's powerful stuff.
Step Eleven guides us to take time to improve our conscious contact with this Higher Power. This includes quiet time in the morning to ask for our sobriety for the day and some quiet time at the end of the day to include thanks for a sober day. Days in sobriety can be frantic, difficult, emotional, filled with mad thinking and stressful. But in AA we discover the importance of taking some time out to listen to our Higher Power, to just be still. Like many things in life it takes practice but we also need to be kind to ourselves, progress not perfection. As we ask for knowledge of His will for us we become less interested in ourselves and more interested in those around us. Many of us find that is a pretty good way to be.