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Step 1 Let Go Of The Steering Wheel

01 June 2017 Written by 

Learning to let go is the first step. Sometimes, life comes at us 100 miles per hour. Obstacles appear out of nowhere, and in a split second, our world is turned upside down. That's exactly what happened to Indy car racer, Scott Dixon during Sunday's 101st Indianapolis 500.

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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Pam Carver

In my family of origin, three of us are in treatment for codependency, drugs, and/or alcohol abuse. Two of us are in denial about the devastating effects codependency, drugs, and alcohol have had on our family. None of us are talking about it. I’m the codependent one on a quest for healthy living through love and boundaries. My journey started in Celebrate Recovery. I have much to learn and practice. I live with my wonderful husband, amazing son, and pseudo-therapy beagle, Spot. I enjoy long walks on the beach and writing about the life-changing principles I’m learning in the rooms of recovery.
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