Coming out of turn one, another driver crossed into Dixson's path. He had no control over his car. He was powerless to avoid a collision. His only course of action was to let go of the steering wheel.
Dixon's crash wasn't the only one of the day. Each time cars collided, the commentators repeated the same phrase, "All he could do is just let go of the wheel." One of the racers even described himself as a passenger in his crashing car.
When I was a new driver in the snowy Midwest, I learned a similar driving technique because tires lock up on icy roads, I learned to turn into the skid instead of fighting it. This reminds me of Step 1.
When Life Spins Out Of Control
AA's 12 Steps are so powerful that many other groups including Al-Anon use them to guide their recovery. Step 1 says, "We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable."
Before taking Step 1, my life was spiraling out of control. My sister was dying from terminal cancer. As she grew sicker, I tried harder to gain control, but nothing worked. I was just a passenger in an out of control life. Finally, I was miserable enough to let go. I was ready to take Step 1.
Letting go didn't undo the aftermath of her death. It didn't fix any of my problems or repair any damages, but it stopped me from making things worse. It let my Higher Power reach down and scoop me up.
A Reach Out Recovery Exclusive By: Pam Carver
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