Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. STEP 10, ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
Humility is defined on page 58 of TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS as “a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become who we could be.”
Sobriety is serious business, but most often we alcoholics take ourselves too seriously. The steps are suggestions that can never be practiced perfectly, but can always be pursued in daily activity. With practice and time, step 10 becomes as routine as brushing teeth in the morning. Along with a gratitude list it’s a great way to start the day. But unfortunately, humility can’t be attained, it can’t be practiced, it can’t be prayed into existence. It just happens. When I think I’ve got it, I don’t.
“Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble
When you’re perfect in every way
I can’t wait to look in the mirror
Cause I get better looking each day
To know me is to love me
I must be a hell of a man
Oh Lord It’s hard to be humble,
But I’m doing the best that I can”
SOBER TODAY? GIVE YOURSELF AND YOUR HIGHER POWER A HAND
Just another traveler on life’s highway hanging out in the slow lane. It’s quiet, it’s peaceful. Beyond the horizon is rest calling my name. Green pastures, still waters, my cup overflows.
Redeemer, counselor, comforter.
Lord of lords,
king of kings,
merciful and mighty.
Light in my darkness.
Refuge in my fear,
comfort in my pain,
everlasting and eternal.
Forgiver, father, confidante.
Come, see, believe.
you are loved,
you are also His.
Share my awesome God.
“Jesus said unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life……'” John 14:6
In our recovery we follow the way set before us in the literature and the fellowship. We are not alone and we are not perfect. But, our Higher Power guides through all turmoil, fear, and temptation. We only need to accept the mercy, grace, and forgiveness offered to us. Have we found the truth and a new life in sobriety?
“Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” TWELVE & TWELVE, step 2
“……a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become what we could be.” pg 58 TWELVE STEPS & TWELVE TRADITIONS
Humility is not about being a shrinking violet or assuming an attitude of deference. No, our sobriety literature says humility is an act of celebration followed by stepping out into the world and embracing the restored life our Higher Power has given us thus empowering us with a renewed involvement in the world.
STEP 1 “We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable.”
Step 2 “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”
Step 3 “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives to the care of God as we understood God.”
Step 4 “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”
Step 5 “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”
Step 6 “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”
Step 7 “Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings”
Step 8 “Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.”
Step 9 “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.”
Step 10 “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it”
Step 11 “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out”
Step 12 “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs”
BY THE GRACE OF GOD WE ARE UNSHACKLED