My name is Penny, and I am a compulsive eater and leader for the 3rd Quarter WTS Step Study.
Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
We are finally into the maintenance steps. These are the ones that we do every day to keep us in a state of active recovery. These are the ones that keep us from having to tear through our lives because they keep us in the present.
Step 10 is a major part of my recovery life. I like to take a 10th step as daily as possible (I know I'm headed for trouble when days go by without my picking up pen and paper). I can tell when I haven't done an inventory on a regular basis: things that normally might be a blip on a piece of inventory paper suddenly become overwhelming; anxiety takes over my mind and heart and I am overwhelmed by life. Doing a regular inventory prevents all that. Step 10 makes sure that spiritual and mental garbage doesn't build up. It's part of what I do to live an examined, recovered life.
I also do little inventory-like checks during the day, as the need arises (i.e., I'm heading over the emotional cliff).
Step 10 also talks about making amends "promptly." Beyond all the house-cleaning, this aspect of Step 10 keeps me up to date in my relationship with the outside world. I don't have to wait guilt-filled years before acknowledging a wrong I did; I don't have to let the guilt and shame accumulate until I can barely stand myself. I know that I'm due for amends work when I deliberately cross the street or stop taking phone calls or return messages to avoid certain people.
A step 10 inventory is as simple or as complex as the situation warrants. Sometimes it's nothing more than: thank you, God, for getting me through this day without doing anything wrong. And sometimes it takes days to write. It doesn't matter how long it is; all that's important is that I do the work "regularly."
Yours in recovery,
1. What's the connection between Step 10 and keeping a
clean spiritual house?
2. I choose to write my 10th step; others choose to do
it mentally. Which method do you think might work for
3. If you do a regular 10th step, what happens to you
if you avoid doing one for a bit?
4. What's the connection between Step 10 and on-going
5. Why do you think it's suggested that we "promptly"
admit our wrongdoings?
Yours in recovery,