Monday, 1 July 2013

Alcoholics Anonymous | July 1 | DonInLondon | Step 7 "Courage To Change"

July 1 2013: step seven in mind… "Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings…" Shortcomings: if defects can be the seven deadly sins, that my shortcomings are surely about the seven virtues? Humility is the key in understanding of step seven, humility to be open honest and willing, humility to be open to make mistakes, to relearn life. The defects of character for me were always about fear pride and ego at the extremes. A small amount of fear, pride in endeavours… Ego is self protection when self-esteem fails. So my shortcomings: not enough of something, in my case it was courage to change, faith in doing the next right thing and developing confidence and self-esteem to keep going when life is difficult. Somewhere there is a balance in all these matters and they are conditional upon the day and the current conditions. Three things can trip me up: fear pride and ego. Three things can help, courage faith and confidence…

Depending on the current conditions in any given day, self-awareness and humility help. Even when we don't want to be fair and even minded because we feel like we have been let down, that is the time when we need to be more fair and even minded and aware of the current conditions. Justifiable anger and resentments are key triggers and a way back into difficult times. Our own attitudes and behaviour are always at the root of our responses today…

Alcoholics Anonymous DonInLondon "Step Seven" Collection" July 1 2013

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