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 property or revenue, that belongs to the church or to a … Continue reading Mid-Week Share: Step 11 – Spirituality

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 lottery” and fitting our society’s marketable image of beauty. She realizes … Continue reading Mid-Week Share: Step 12 – Principle of Service

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". The process of keeping something in good condition: "car maintenance"; "essential … Continue reading Mid-week Share: Step 10 – Principle of Maintenance

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 a fault or an offense; pardon. 2. To renounce anger or … Continue reading Mid-Week Share: Step 9 – Principle of Forgiveness

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 willing worker. 3. done, given, borne, used, etc., with cheerful readiness. … Continue reading Mid-Week Share: Step 8 – Principle of Willingness

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 very motivated. If I see a problem that really bothers me, … Continue reading Mid-Week Share: Step 7 – Principle of Humility

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. the act of assenting or believing: acceptance of a theory. 4. … Continue reading Midweek Share: Step 6 – Principle of Acceptance

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 being whole, entire, or undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the … Continue reading Mid-Week Share: Step 5 – Principle of Integrity

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 that every new recovering addict is scared to death to tackle. … Continue reading Mid-Week Share: Step 4 – Soul Searching

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. I'm a get it done sort of woman. I figure out … Continue reading Mid-Week Share: Step 3 – Principle of Surrender