May 1, 2013: with step five in mind, we are learning to admit and accept who we are and what we have done. We are becoming more open, honest and willing to live life on life's terms. As we assume these values of being open, honest and willing, you will find in the world that many people do not hold these values and do not have integrity. Just because other people are often closed down, dishonest and unwilling, we still may need them in our lives.
And indeed we might love particular people who are stuck in old dishonest behaviour. And generally in life, we find many people cannot and will not take responsibility for their failings.
We continue on our own path, and learn what works in all the situations we face in life. When we encounter difficulties, it is so easy to fall back into anger and resentment, not only in early days, as I found recently approaching nine years, sometimes people need a kick up the arse! It is a time-consuming activity, getting all the ducks in a row and then….
Forgive, and forgive again or we end up stuck in step six: fear, a brave face and ego, rather than step seven, where we keep to courage, faith and confidence, even when we have to kick a few people up the arse to get the job done… Always stick with truth, try love people for their failings because we all have them and it is a difficult road, the truth of now, can be hell and heaven rolled in together…
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