June 29 2013: step six in mind… "A question of balance: step six and defects, step seven and shortcomings. The scales and weight of step six and step seven. On one side of the scales, step six with fear, pride and ego, on the other side of the scales, shortcomings of courage, faith and confidence. Our attitudes and behaviour, contingent on the day and current conditions, we can be weighed down by step six, or with step seven, standing firm developing our courage to change, faith in doing the next right thing and confidence to keep learning…"
Almost like a seesaw effect: step six can be pulling us into old behaviour as we struggle or we can be buoyed up by step seven, where we develop and change to meet the needs of what is happening. We can be at sixes and sevens, sliding from one to the other. Depending on the current day and the current events, we will always be challenged and the difference between our approach is contingent on reminding ourselves that the old ways are not necessarily as good as the new ways. Every day we can learn new ways to respond, or we get stuck and can find ourselves back in anger and resentment, with expectations far in excess of the current way life is. People, places and things and our reaction to them, and then our responses, if we can pause long enough we can have courage to change, faith in doing the next right thing and be confident it is okay even when things don't turn out the way we might wish or expect today… Forgive everyone everything, and then we are part of the forgiving process of living… And of course there are consequences…
Alcoholics Anonymous DonInLondon "Step Six Collection" June 29 2013
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