Although it is not part of the original 1939 Big Book solution, the following excerpt does make its appearance in the 2nd edition of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, Appendices II – Spiritual Experience. In the last paragraph it states:
“We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program. Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery. But these are indispensable.”
What does willingness look like to you? Some define it as “showing up”.
What does honesty look like to you? Some define it as simply answering, “yes” or “no” to questions such as, “Are you willing to go to any lengths to recover from your addiction?”
What does open-mindedness look like to you? Some define it as “look at it”, “experience it” and “you be the judge.”
Let us know about your experience with these “essentials of recovery”. How do you measure them? How do you gauge them in others?