Friday, June 11, 2010

Step Ten "Continued to take personal inventory ...

and when we were wrong promptly admitted it."

The first of the maintenance steps. I work at this constantly. At least I do when I'm spiritually fit.

The literature on this step is astounding. The 12/12 tells me that "it is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us." Noooooooooo!!
It says that "justified anger ought to be left to those better qualified to handle it." But, but ...
I learn about "restraint of tongue and pen." Whoa!! Who knew?

Along with the occasional sincere attempt to become what I could be, I pray every day to just do the next right thing. The way I figure it, if I always do the next right thing, I'll be the best person I can be. Right?

In theory this should work. But I am an alcoholic with a self-will that can run riot at times. Granted, it's not as often and usually not as severe as the good old days, but the potential is still there. It still happens.

Enter. Step 10.
Every day.
Every hour.

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

for my passion about recovery and so many ways to participate in it

that my friend Lloyd was not seriously injured when a driver fell asleep and hit him head-on

for air bags

that I got up at 3:30 this morning, so I could pray & meditate, write this post and go to the gym before my 6:30 meeting

that my Astros are finally starting to pull out of a 2-month skid

for reruns of Seinfeld, Two and a Half Men and Cheers.

the greatest sporting event in the world begins today in South Africa. See the official song below.

If you really do put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.
~~ unknown


Anonymous said...

That 'promptly' gets me every time. I'd like to have a few years to brood about it.

Syd said...

Step Ten is one that I rely on every day. It is one that I really live.

Mary Christine said...

Step 10 is where we get to find peace in our daily lives.

LOVE the video.

Em said...

Thank God for our daily reprieve and the maintenence steps.

I love this:

It says that "justified anger ought to be left to those better qualified to handle it." But, but ...

But, but! LOL.

Scott said...

ohhh dAAve, dAAve, dAAve!

I too was really troubled, the first few times I reflected on that spiritual axiom. It really began to seem that after working through to Step 10, EVERYTHING was my fault lol. All these amends, defects, invetories...
Oh wait, I WAS at the center of most of my troubles and they were mostly of my own making...

That's a tough one to swallow.

Scott said...

oh, and I am really glad to see the 'Stros coming round!

Zanejabbers said...

Just Hi.

Shen said...

This is a great twelve-step post. Would you be interested in submitting it to a blog carnival?