Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Step Ten

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

for A.A. literature, especially Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.  The following words come from that book.

"the emotional hangover, the direct result of yesterday's and sometimes today's excesses of negative emotion --- anger, fear, jealousy and the like."  I sure see a lot of this on Facebook these days.

"It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us."  Damn!

"We have found that justified anger ought to be left to those better qualified to handle it."  But, but ...

"Our first objective will be the development of self-restraint."  Boys and girls, practicing this has changed my life.

I could go on and one, but I think you get the idea.  Step Ten is my daily (and hourly) monitor of my own behavior.  When I'm upset, I have to take a spot-check inventory to make a quick course correction.  

If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. 
~Lawrence J. Peter


Anonymous said...

That's your cat, in your bed - isn't it? So cute! Why can't my daughter have a cat?

Thank you for reminding me of the beautiful words in the 12 & 12. I think I need to pull it off my shelf and read it every day.

Syd said...

I have had three meetings this month on Step Ten. Wonderful stuff. Self-restraint and humility keep me grounded in compassion. But for those times when I can't help myself, I am grateful to make that quick course correction that you write about here.