Step 10 – Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
This step is often referred to as a maintenance step. I think of it as a freedom step. It keeps me free of the new clutter of old patterns. One of the first slogans I learned in the program was ” Awareness is half of the solution.” This gave me hope. It meant that I was halfway to a better way of life. With each new awareness, I had the opportunity to make amends for my part in situations and practice a new way of being. Now I see it also as making a deposit in my relationship bank with other people. Each deposit enriches my life and my relationships, and shores me up against the withdrawls of the future when I find myself less than present to my relationships than I’d like to be.
What feels so good about doing this Step on a regular basis is that I’m not accumulating additional baggage to weigh me down and clutter my mind. Instead, I’m keeping myself free of new distractions, from being of use to my Higher Power and my sisters and brothers on the planet. While it may seem inconvenient and uncomfortable at times to address situations as they occur, it’s so much easier than letting them fester and contaminate my days and my relationships. It doesn’t make sense to me to have resentments, nor does it make sense to contribute to the creation of resentments in others. The other day I did a little huff with my breath about being inconvenienced by a loved one. I was only vaguely aware I’d done it. Within 10 minutes they made a disparaging remark to me about me. I had hurt their feelings with my inconsiderate, rude little huff. I wouldn’t have done it with a friend. When I asked why they seemed upset, they told me what I’d done. They were right. I was wrong. I apologized. They apologized. We hugged. We moved on. So simple. It works.
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Affirmation for the Day – ” I am making amends promptly.”
Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.
Course In Miracles Lesson – This day is God’s. It is my gift to him.
Practice – Christ And so we give today to You. We come with wholly open minds. We do not ask for anything that we may think we want. Give us what You would have received by us. You know all our desires and our needs. And You will give us everything we want and that will help us find the way to You.