This is a slogan often affiliated with the first 3 steps of our program. The first part, I can't, is taking step 1 which says that we are powerless over our addiction (whatever it may be) and that our lives have become unmanageable. For instance, no matter how hard I try or how many diets I go on, I still cannot control my eating for long periods of time. I do ok for a few days but then my will to eat the "good stuff" tends to come back and haunt me. I find myself craving chocolates, candies, and all those other fattening things that aren't really good for anyone! So, I am powerless over that!
He can, is signifying that I know my Higher Power (whom I choose to call God) can do all things. He can help me control my food cravings, my desire to fix others, and whatever else may be bothering me. This is step 2 which says "Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore me to sanity." I am aware that someone (besides me) can fix the problem... and His name is my Higher Power. With His help, I can be restored to sanity or find it for the first time in my life! That is a nice thought!
The last part is about step 3 which says "Made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God as I understood Him". That means to me that my God may not be your God and that is ok. What is necessary is that we both find a God who is greater than us and turn our will and way over to Him. At times that is easier for me to do than others. I tend to get in God's way sometimes and back into the "fix it" mode again. I need to always take these 3 steps daily in order to have a good day. Without them... I am a mess. With them, I have serenity!
So, just for today I know that I can't do it, He can, and guess what? I think I will let Him!