She took the fire as she was leaving
No forgiveness and no confession
Now I’m sifting through the cold grey ashes
Looking for peace in my redemption
She was my secret and I was a sinner
Had to whisper our confession
Went to the well and looked in the mirror
Raised a glass to my redemption
How long till I drink from the fountain
How long till the top of mountain
How long, how long, am I gone
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the highest good as we understood it.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Admitted to Spirit, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Were entirely ready to have Highest Good remove all these defects of character.
Humbly asked to remove our shortcomings.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with The Highest Good as we understood it, praying only for knowledge of its will for us and the power to carry that out.
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.