9. Amends

Amends

9. AMENDS   I have an old Webster’s Dictionary that was new when the Big Book was being written. I like to use it to find the definitions of key words from the Twelve Steps. What I found by studying these old definitions and reflecting on my own personal recovery has inspired me to make…

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10. Continue

Continue

10. CONTINUE   Step 10 is: “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.”   I knew from the beginning that an illustration on the word “continue” would come easily. Some of my other drawings may seem complex, but I honestly try to keep things simple. There are plenty of…

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11. Conscious Contact

Conscious Contact

11. CONSCIOUS CONTACT   Step Eleven has lots and lots of words. It reads: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry it out.”   I saw many important words in it, but…

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12. Spiritual

Spiritual

12. SPIRITUAL   Step Twelve: “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”   It was not my ambition to explain the Step here. My only goal was to illustrate one word from it, using…

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2. Past

Past

2. PAST   Promise 2 — “We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.”   I enjoyed creating this drawing, but I find myself having very little to say say about it. My image of a new clock hanging where a grand old clock resided for many years illustrates the…

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1. Freedom

Freedom

1.  FREEDOM   I know it must seem strange to draw a fly trapped inside a window screen. However, I know of no other way to tell you about my escape to freedom, unless you yourself have already experienced it for yourself. Let’s forget about the fly for a moment and come back to it…

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3. Comprehend

Comprehend

1.  FREEDOM   You don’t need to tell me…. I it seems strange to draw a fly trapped inside a window screen. But I know of no other way to tell you about my escape to freedom, unless you yourself have already experienced it for yourself. Let’s forget about the fly for a moment and…

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4. Peace

Peace

4. PEACE   Promise 4 – We will know peace.   The phrase “We will know peace” seems as simple as it can be. There are no complex words that might cause us to reach for a dictionary. Surely words have not changed in meaning very much since the Promise was written back in the…

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5. Scale

Scale

5. SCALE During my years in Twelve Step recovery, I have been a sponsor and I have been a sponsee (someone who receives sponsorship). This drawing is about both of those experiences, each from a different point of view.  First, I was a sponsee. I often felt I was drowning. Literally. My dreams and thoughts…

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6. Disappear

Disappear

6. DISAPPEAR   Every person in recovery is different; every person in recovery is the same. That is my conclusion after meeting, listening to, and reading about alcoholics and addicts in all stages of recovery. As a sponsor, it is satisfying to know exactly what my sponsees need—they need to work the Twelve Steps and…

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