Step Ten

Continued to take personal inventory and
when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.




STEP TEN ~ INTRODUCTION

Fellow travelers,

We've been together for ten weeks. How good it is to know you and to travel this road with you as my friends and fellow OAers. This step is so important for our continued abstinence and progress in the program. Please keep coming back and do not miss your miracle.

This week many of us find we are still working on step 9. We continue to make amends to those we have harmed. We can move along to the next step because step 9 may take a while. Some of us have a very long list. Yet it is necessary we move along to the next step as soon as possible.

Step 10 asks that we continue doing what we have been doing for the past few weeks. Only we do it every day so it does not pile up and we become overwhelmed and refuse to continue on the journey.

Does this mean that each day I have to do a Step 4 inventory? Share with someone, make a list and make amends. Yes. Daily we need to take an inventory of our day. Did we hurt someone? Or harm someone? Were we honest and trusting where we should be honest and trusting? Have we cheated anyone or ourselves? When this step is taken daily we keep fit spiritually. The AABB promises us recovery when we are in a fit spiritual condition. So why wouldn’t we do a Step 10 daily?

There are as many methods for this step as there are members in OA. A member in my home group does the vowel method by journaling on some of these questions.

Was I Abstinent today?

Did I do my Exercise today?

What did I do for myself today?

What did I do for Others today?

Do I Understand my feelings today?


"The purpose of step ten is to identify and remove from our path today’s stumbling blocks, those manifestations of pride, fear, anger, self-pity, greed, and other emotions which are bringing pain into our lives and keeping us from growing today."
The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous p 84.

Also we are learning the importance of being able to think before we act. That is to ask questions like: is this the next right thing? Taking time to think before acting is one way of making good decisions. Doing it several times a day helps us grow in recovery.

An evening journal would be a time to think about the day and how you met your obligations and how you kept in touch with you HP or point out areas needing to be changed. If amends are due we can make them before they become resentments we don’t or won’t take the time to work through.

A daily Step 10 is one more way to keep our recovery strong. If we are to go to any lengths to stay abstinent then every day we must make sure we are doing all we can to keep in a fit spiritual condition. Step 10 is the way we do this.

Working Step 10 daily keeps us in touch with our Higher Power, teaches us to ask for help, and to admit to our self where we have gone wrong and where we can do better tomorrow.

The miracle of recovery grows stronger one day at a time.

"Once again, the tenth step brings incredible relief. It feels good to plan to correct myself, to make amends where possible. For Today: Making a list of my worst faults and the problems each of them creates in my life today helps me to see what I can do to change." For Today Page 283


Jo,
Step Leader 4th Quarter





STEP TEN ~ QUESTIONS

1.. To be fit spiritually and to keep in recovery how will I work Step 10 every day?

2.. If you already work a daily Step 10, please share with the group how you go about it.

3.. Or if you work a daily Step 10 share with the group the gifts you have received.

Jo,
Step Leader 4th Quarter










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