I’m a little bit nervous about posting this episode, I have to admit.
I know a lot of people who love the 12 steps and feel that they owe their happiness and sanity to “the program.” I have no desire to belittle or diminish their experience, and am glad that the 12 steps make their lives work better.
But what about people for whom the 12 steps are no longer (or never were) a saving grace? People who don’t feel right calling on a “higher power?” People who want to follow their own inner leading, rather than an externally prescribed set of rules or guidelines?
When our brave and articulate guest Megan Odhner discovered the 12 Steps, she jumped in and participated with enthusiastic gratitude and relief. In today’s show she “comes out” about how the evolution of her beliefs (or lack thereof) have left her in an uneasy relationship with the community and organization that for so many years felt like home.
And for that she has my admiration, thanks, and a little kiss on the cheek.