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One man's comments on why he surrendered to recovery:

"You did something to me... I knew you meant business. I knew my wife was getting sore and that Bill [his partner] was fed up, but when you showed me you were through fooling, that was a clincher. I knew I needed help and couldn't get out of it myself. So I signed the card and felt better right off for doing it. I made up my mind that I wasn't going to run my own case any longer but was going to take orders. Then later I talked with Chris [his wife] and learned how she felt, and then Bill came along and I knew deep inside my heart they were right. But, I didn't mind. I didn't get angry and want to argue like I used to. I kind of surprised myself by agreeing with them. It sure was nice not to have to fight. I felt calmer and quieter inside and have ever since, although I know I'm not out of the woods yet."

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Somebody asked me recently

Somebody asked me recently about why I'm surrendered to God as much as I am, and I have to say that my reason for being this surrendered to God is the same as the reason for my being surrendered to recovery (there's a lot of overlap between the two, I'm finding). Why did I surrender? Because NOT surrendering hurt too much. Nothing noble or heroic from me on this point...just another case that backs up what NA's basic text says about how we become willing to work the program..."When we were beaten, we became willing."

Thanks for posting this, Pat. It's good to be reminded about the importance of surrender AND the blessings that it brings when we finally get it.

When you're going through hell...keep going. --Winston Churchill There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still --Corrie ten Boom

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