Step Ten - Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
From: Paths to Recovery pg. 104 (copyright 1997, by Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc Limited use by express written permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.)
As we work Step Ten on a reglar basis, we will continue to turn to our Higher Power for help. When we inventory our day, we admit our shortcomings to God, become ready and then humbly ask God to remove them. We list the people we have harmed and make the appropriate amends. In taking our Step Ten inventories, we are usally using all the previous Steps, remembrering to treat ourselves with compassion and love. Because we have experienced the pain caused by our shortcomngs, we do not want to return to them. We keep working our program as if the quality of our lives depends on it - and it does.
Looking forward to you sharings on this Step. Thank you John for posting for me.
When I started doing Step Ten daily, I would do a quick run-down of my day and if I felt I had let shortcomings surface I would plan to do better tomorrow. I found that I still didn't feel good about myself and the same shortcomings kept returning.
I talked to my sponsor and she suggested that the other Steps were not a one time thing - that they were all there to be practiced daily and to help me get rid of the defects that were causing me pain.
All of the Steps are now a part of my daily life depending on what is happening. If I have harmed someone, I need to share it with my Higher Power and another person and make my amends. I also need to continue being conscious of the help I get when I use Steps Six and Seven.
Hugs - Dot
For the resentments that I struggle with, I start thinking about gratitude and the things in my life I am grateful for. If I resent a person, I say a prayer for all good things to come to them. When I recognize the feeling of resentment or intolerance and how wrong it is, I try to consider the other person's viewpoint or be compassionate. I remember that others are going through their own struggles/challenges and that they are going to live their lives the way they want to.