By Will Dursens for CrossDove Writers
Some time ago I came across a reading that took the 12-Step program philosophy made famous with Alcohol and Narcotics Anonymous and put it to use in referencing how to deal with living with a chronic illness.
Since this writer has already been dealing with the concept of clean and sober for over 27 years due to problems with handling prescription drugs and alcohol, I found the write interesting, with the realization that it could be of immense help to so many out there working their own path of life with a chronic illness.
So, what I have done is taken the 12-Steps for Being Chronically Ill and rephrased them just a bit, with the idea that I will make this a 13-post discussion of the 12 Steps for Being Chronically Ill – this is step 2.
Here is the 12-Steps for Being Chronically Ill – Step 2:
Step 2: We must come to believe that a Power much greater than ourselves can and will restore us to some sense of sanity.
> This is what it says – we are and will not be in perfect control of our lives and routines.
> What we have to do is realize and try to understand that there are much more powerful powers within the universe and the world for which we travel. These powers will and do have a sense of response to our daily walk in life and travels dealing with any chronic illness we may have.
> Those who do not choose to have faith or are unwilling to work with the understanding that there is something much more powerful than ourselves and other humans out there, then this step can and will be a difficult one to work through.
> Whether you choose God, Buddha, Muhammad, or whatever – the important thing is to realize through prayer and/or meditation, that Power which does exist will be found to exist in assisting us move forward on a yearly, monthly, weekly, daily, or for some an hourly path.
> Once a person or caretaker of any chronic illness understands the beauty and relief in finding a greater power – that will be when they find the faith, hope, love and joys of getting up every morning with the idea that fighting this chronic illness is being done not alone but with the grace that will be found in such a greater power. A grace which will in the end help us get us through any tough or seemingly unproductive situation.
> Like with step one, many can and will find this step difficult especially if you are one who has always taken pride in getting life things done on your own or in your own way – work on giving up that power so that you can find faith, hope, love and joy in your tomorrows while fighting the chronic illness you have been given to carry.
That is it, that will be Step 2 – We must come to believe that a Power much greater than ourselves can and will restore us to some sense of sanity during our daily walk down the path of life with a chronic illness.
Like life of someone with any addiction or problem that is affecting a person’s daily routine, lifestyle or future path of living – a chronic illness or disease can get in the way big time and the important thing is to stop fighting it and work with it the best you can with the best people you can.
Like life of someone with any addiction or problem – a chronic illness or disease can seem overwhelming to anyone, especially those who like being in control, so like those with addictions, you must find people. People with similar unmanageable lives due to a chronic illness or disease, people who understand and will listen, listen again and then offer help and suggestions to accepting the realization that our chronic illness or disease can and will leave us powerless at times.
Remember STEP TWO – We will realize that a more powerful Power than ourselves is needed to continue a daily battle with our chronic illness so that we can do so with faith, hope, love and joy while feeling the grace needed to un-stress our path and help provide some sanity in it as well.
As I have said, this is part two of a walk through the 12-Steps for Being Chronically Ill. Next time we will focus on Step Three which is – ‘We make a conscious decision to turn our lives and will for the future over to the care of our God or Higher Power as we understand it’.
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With that, we bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Will.
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