Category: 12 Principles

Mid-Week Share: Step 11 – Spirituality

Spirituality: Making Contact The purpose of Step 11 is to discover the plan God as you understand Him has for your life. spir·i·tu·al·i·ty  (spr-ch–l-t) n. pl. spir·i·tu·al·i·ties 1. The state, quality, manner, or fact of being spiritual. 2. The clergy. 3. Something, such as…

Mid-Week Share: Step 12 – Principle of Service

Step 12: Service  For those of us in recovery, this is simply “how it works”.  My sister-in-law Laura posted some blog fodder on my Facebook wall yesterday. Young, beautiful Cameron Russell did an interview where she admitted her privilege because of  “winning the genetic…

Mid-week Share: Step 10 – Principle of Maintenance

Step 10: Maintenance Nobody likes to admit to being wrong. But it is absolutely necessary to maintain spiritual progress in recovery. main·te·nance /ˈmānt(ə)nəns/ Noun The process of maintaining or preserving someone or something, or the state of being maintained: “the maintenance of democratic government”….

Mid-Week Share: Step 9 – Principle of Forgiveness

Step 9: Forgiveness Making amends may seem like a bitter pill to swallow, but for those serious about recovery it can be great medicine for the spirit and soul. for·give  (fr-gv, fôr-) v. for·gave (-gv), for·giv·en (-gvn), for·giv·ing, for·gives v.tr. 1. To excuse for…

Mid-Week Share: Step 8 – Principle of Willingness

Step 8: Willingness Making a list of those harmed before coming into recovery may sound simple. Becoming willing to actually make those amends is the difficult part. will·ing adjective 1. disposed or consenting; inclined: willing to go along. 2. cheerfully consenting or ready: a…

Mid-Week Share: Step 7 – Principle of Humility

Step 7: Humility The spiritual focus of Step 7 is humility, asking a higher power to do something that cannot be done by self-will or mere determination. I worked Step 7 long before I actually realized that I couldn’t fix myself. You see, I’m…

Midweek Share: Step 6 – Principle of Acceptance

Step 6: Acceptance The key to Step 6 is acceptance — accepting character defects exactly as they are and becoming entirely willing to let them go. ac·cept·ance [ak-sep-tuh ns] noun 1. the act of taking or receiving something offered. 2. favorable reception; approval; favor. 3….

Mid-Week Share: Step 5 – Principle of Integrity

Step 5: Integrity Probably the most difficult of all the steps to face, Step 5 is also the one that provides the greatest opportunity for growth. integrity noun 1. adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. 2. the state of…

Mid-Week Share: Step 4 – Soul Searching

Step 4: Soul Searching There is a saying in the 12-step programs that recovery is a process, not an event. The same can be said for this step — more will surely be revealed. This is the booger bear, the big one, the step…

Mid-Week Share: Step 3 – Principle of Surrender

Step 3: Surrender A lifetime of self-will run riot can come to a screeching halt, and change forever, by making a simple decision to turn it all over to a higher power. The principle of Surrender for me was a tough pill to swallow….

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