Did it help? Did it illuminate your life? Did it bring you peace? Did it bring you joy? Empower you? Sustain you?
Well, I am not sure about you, but I was able to answer yes to every single one of those questions, based on just one assignment.
My incredibly brilliant and insightful sponsor assigned me the task of completing a daily 10th step.
According to the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, the 10th step is as follows: “Continued to take a personal inventory………..”
Not only does the process of completing a daily 10th step each evening clear my mind of the daily debris I encounter as a result of my interactions with other people, it has revolutionized my life and indirectly put me back in the driver’s seat so to speak.
Suddenly, I feel empowered, as my perception shifts by putting my thoughts and behavior on paper, getting it all out of my head so I can devote my focus entirely to the task at hand, being of service to my fellow human-beings.
Since I have started the process, I often recognize how I could have dealt with a situation better, and I how I will behave differently if I am ever confronted with a similarly situated circumstance.
Also, I get the benefit of also recognizing when I behaved appropriately, which reinforces my confidence, not to mention good behavior.
Furthermore, I get the perspective of another person, my sponsor. He informs me what I need to work on and based on what he reads, he further assigns tasks to build my confidence, develop my character assets, or mitigate my character defects.
For instance, I was faced with a situation in which I was giving a disproportionate amount of energy to one area of my life. Based on my sponsor’s observation, he thought that I needed to do more for myself, to make me happy.
Consequently, in addition to completely a daily 10th step, I was charged with doing three things per day for myself that would bring joy to my life.
I, alone, had no idea that I was neglecting myself. He recognized it and gave me a solution to correct it. As a result, I have experienced more joy in my life I have lightened up, and have even become more productive and efficient.
And, my interpersonal skills have never been better.
Completing a daily 10th step helps the alcoholic and addict to shine a light on his or her thoughts and actions, and gain awareness and insight into themselves, so that they can better co-exist well in the world, without the need to consume drugs and alcohol, not to mention act out or self-sabotage.
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