Some of the stories we here in the rooms are about how willing people are to do what ever it takes to get and stay sober. A good sponsor will ask you what you are willing to do in order to achieve sobriety. When our answers are "anything, absolutely anything" we are on our way. Some of us don't know what they are asking of us. The first thing we need to do is to not drink or use, no matter what. We need to make a deal to make a phone call or go to a meeting before we pick up that drink. Then we need to be willing to keep an open mind. The spiritual side of the program comes next. Those of us who have agnostic or atheist beliefs need to hear the other side, the side we don't believe in.
What we are saying is that we should be willing to walk through the twelve steps with another human being who can help us. Some of us say that the steps are just suggestions and they are not 100% neccessary to sobriety. Well, when we jump out of a plane it is suggested that we have and use a parachute. There is no definite that we'll die but it's pretty certain that we will. The steps if approached in the same way can save our lives.
I am grateful that I am able to look past the negative and see the goodness in my fellow human beings. Today I will look for the good in all people that I meet. I pray for the gift to see the good in every person.