I AM A SHOPAHOLIC…

AND I AM NOT ANONYMOUS. UNFORTUNATELY MALLS ARE PUBLIC PLACES, AND DON’T OFFER ANONYMITY.

  1. I admit I am powerless over shopping — my life has become unmanageable.
  2. I have come to believe that a Power greater than me could restore my sanity — a power called ‘more money’.
  3. I will make a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of the Retail God as I understand her.
  4. I will make a searching and fearless inventory of my wardrobe (i need more).
  5. I admit to Retail God, to myself, and to another human being the exact nature of my wrongs.
  6. I am entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of income.
  7. I humbly asked HER to remove my bad credit.
  8. I will make a list of all persons I have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all. Next time, I will not shove you in the check out line. I will not grab the last pair of shoes from your shopping bag…
  9. I will make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Why remind them of losing the shoe?
  10. I continue to take personal inventory and when I am wrong, will promptly admit to it, and exchange the goods for better ones.
  11. I will seek through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God as I understand HER, praying only for knowledge of best sales, a little more money, and of HER Will for us and the power to carry that out, without making wasteful purchases.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, I will try to carry this message to shopaholics, and to practice these principles in all my affairs.

Plagiarised from the original Twelve Steps as published by Alcoholics Anonymous.

1.We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5.Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His Will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. 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.

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