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What the Big Book says about Step 10

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    This is not an overnight matter

    The steps of this program are not magic tricks to be performed once so that they might solve all our problems. Rather, the steps are a discipline, a body of theory and technique that must be studied and practiced if we are able to apply this program to our lives. We continue with the techniques we have begun to practice in the earlier steps. We continue to write our inventory. We continue to admit our shortcomings. We continue to ask God for relief from our shortcomings and we continue to make amends when we are wrong.



    Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help. Love and tolerance of others is our code.

    Being freed from the chains of selfishness we are able to follow a path that leads to happiness, joy and fulfillment. Our very lives depend upon this change of motivation (20:1). While we are in the grip of selfishness we are dead to the Spirit. Our work helping others brings our faith to life so that we may truly live.



    For by this time sanity will have returned

    As a result of these steps, the ability to differentiate the true from the false returns. We have become convinced of the truth of the ABC’s (60:11-13). The truth is that we have built our lives on a false foundation of selfishness and self-centeredness and it has caused our lives to come tumbling down around our ears. We re-found our lives based on faith in God and helpfulness to others. This new way of life brings us happiness and a sense of purpose.

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