Tag Archives: Step Four

Step Eight

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8. Made a list

of all persons

we had harmed,

and became willing

to make amends

to them all.”

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BB p 59

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If we were diligent and honest

in taking our Step Four inventory

we should have a list of those we have offended.

As with many of the suggestions in the Big Book

the only requirement is a WILLINGNESS to change.

Today, be willing, remember that recovery

is life, a journey into the unknown

and change is to be accepted if one

wishes to have a life that is

happy, joyous and free.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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Step Six Again

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“6. Were entirely ready

to have God remove

all these defects

of character.”

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BB p 59

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More ego deflation.

If it hasn’t happened by now,

it will happen when we have completed Step Six.

God will have removed the obsession to drink.

What we could not do on our own,

what the family, doctors and clergy could not do,

God will do for us; if we have been honest,

open-minded and willing.

Since it worked for our drinking,

how about the rest of our lives.

Step Four listed our sins, Step Five shared them

with God and another soul, now in Step Six

it is time to be ready to have all of them removed.

Be realistic, it will not happen in a day,

always remember it is progress, not perfection,

so just keep on doing the work.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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My Secrets

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“But I can

neither love

nor be loved

if I allow

my secrets

to get in the way.”

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Daily Reflections p 130

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Our secrets will kill us by way of drinking again

because we want to hide the feelings of guilt and shame

caused by our actions or neglect.

Do Step Four, list the undesirable actions.

Do Step Five, tell God and another human being.

No secrets, no guilt and shame, no reason to drink again.

Follow the suggested program of recovery;

do the Steps and remove the mental reason to drink,

do the Steps and have God remove the physical reason to drink

and have faith that not drinking

will put you on the spiritual path that leads to love.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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To Another Human Being

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” … we search our

acquaintance

for a close-mouthed,

understanding friend.

Perhaps our doctor

or psychologist

will be the person.”

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BB p 74

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After we made our moral inventory, Step Four,

and we were ready to proceed to Step Five

and honestly tell another human the nature of our wrongs,

the question becomes; ” to whom do we relate our story? ”

The Big Book gives use clear direction,

not only for whom we could select

but also those we should not choose for obvious reasons.

Today, work a step with Honesty, Open-mindedness and Willingness

and be amazed at the miracles which will occur.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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Step Four

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“Made a searching

and fearless

moral inventory

of ourselves.”

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BB p 59

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Step Four, the first of the action steps

and the biggest ego buster since we admitted

that there was a God and it wasn’t us.

The most important message given to me was;

‘ if it has a name ‘  someone else has already done it.

Today, understand that you are unique and if your

only desire is to stop drinking, know that working the steps

as honestly as you can will put you  well on the way

to happy, joyous and free.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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