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    Day 7


    “No one gets lost on a straight path.” anonymous

    While spirituality can be fueled by religion, it can also exist without it. It is important to know that we perform many spiritual actions every day of our lives. It is not necessary for us to get down on our knees to be spiritual. Spirituality is as ordinary a condition as it is esoteric.

    Many people have said they feel a lot more spiritual looking at a newborn baby than by listening to a sermon.

    Each time we do something unselfish, that’s spiritual. When we make amends to those we have offended or harmed, that’s spiritual. When we meditate, seeking knowledge of God’s will for us, that’s spiritual. When we speak well of another, or give someone a helping hand, that’s spiritual. When we observe the beauty of a landscape or listen to inspiring music, that’s spiritual.

    It’s not necessary to see visions or blinding lights to have a spiritual awakening. Rather, by following these steps, we become aware of altered perceptiosn and modified actions.

    Today’s Step: In the simplest of things, I discover spirituality at work.

    Muriel Zink



    Day 8

    Carrying The Message

    “Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” anonymous

    Whether or not we’ve been aware of it, we’ve been carrying the message of recovery to everyone in our life today. As they’ve watched the changes in us since we first began to practice the principles of our program, they’ve seen a great metamorphosis taking place.

    We’ve also influenced newer acquaintances, simply by our candor and lack of artifice. After we’ve finally discarded the burden of obsessive/compulsive behavior, we tend to be far less guarded and secretive. We no longer fear being “found out” because we have nothing to hide. What a blessing that is!

    The support groups that have been so beneficial to our recovery have been another area in our lives where we’ve carried the message. We’ve done this just by showing up on a continuing basis; by participating in our own recovery by sharing our experiences, strengths, and hopes with others; by being willing to discuss our past with someone who is wrestling with a similiar problem. This is how we’re demonstrating love and service to others and fulfilling this requirement of continuing recovery.

    For “loners,” a pen pal relationship is a marvelous way to carry the message. Computer networds and fax machines can also create a support system almost as good as being there in person.

    Today’s Step: My daily practice of the Twelve Steps enables me to carry the message of recovery.

    Step by Step. Muriel Zink



    Day 9

    Rebuilding Relationships

    “When we admit we were wrong, we are wiser today than we were yesterday.” anonymous

    Since we were very small, most of us have heard the adage “Actions speak louder than words.” We think this is a very appropriate guideline for our continuing recovery program

    We can think of no better way for us to carry the message of recovery than to maintain good relationships with those around us and to continue to work on problems left over from our past.

    Many of us have experienced family difficulties caused by our diseases. Because of this we need to understand that although our spouse or children may forgive us, sometimes it’s hard for them to trust again. As one husband sadly remarked about his recovering wife, “I’m afraid I have more trust in the disease than I do in her recovery.”

    Their feelings are authentic and need to be respected. It takes time to heal old wounds. We want to guard against petulance and resentment, against our own feeling that they aren’t giving us credit for being totally well and totally responsible. As a matter of fact, we often try to manipulate others by using our past disorder as a cop-out to avoid facing an unpleasant situation, saying it would be a threat to our recovery. But whenever we do this, we’re actually reinforcing their fears that our recovery might, indeed, be a transitory thing.

    Today’s Step: I practice the principle of recovery daily and take the time to heal old wounds.

    Step by Step. Muriel Zink

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