Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Tenth Step

"Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promtly admitted it"

One of the lines in the book "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions" is the following,"It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed no matter what the cause there is something wrong with us"

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Does it mean that we caused all the problems that are going on in our life? The answer is no. The real meaning of that phrase has something to do with the actions we take when we are disturbed. There is something wrong. It is not neccesarily the action, it is the reaction that makes us feel the way we do. Most of the problems that we encounter are just events in life. Our thought process of how to handle the event can become the real issue. What should we do? The answer is simple. If we have wronged someone, we go to that person or people and admit it, and we don't do that again. We also should use God. Go back to the third step and remember that we want to do God's will and not our own. So many of us have relied on ourselves to walk through this life. Self reliance didn't really ever work for people like us. We are natarually afraid of things. With the help of a sponsor, our other friends in the rooms, and God we have nothing to fear. This takes practice like all the other steps before it. The steps seem to make sense in hindsight and the tenth step is no different.

Daily Gratitude:

I am grateful that my thoughts and actions have been restored. Today I will think and act properly towards others. I pray for the strength and courage to think and act properly.

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