Thought for today:
DA Step 10:
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
A member shares:
“I take Step Ten to help me with my solvency in three different ways depending on the issue:
- I do a spot check inventory when I have a conflict in my day – like times when I was rude to a creditor. If I need to make an apology, I will try to call that person as soon as possible and maybe ask to meet with them and clear my side of the street.
- I do a nightly review of my day as well, before I go to sleep. I think that clearing the air this way helps my dreams at night. If I did something particularly good, I make sure to let the gratitude sink in. If I did something inappropriate, I seek to change the behavior or correct the wrong I did the next day.
- Occasionally, if I have a recurring problem, I write out a complete inventory. I will make a list of people I am having an issue with, and look to the root causes of my issues with them. Usually I find a common thread in all the relationships that I list, which is something i can work on.
“Each type of inventory makes me aware of my motives, my fears, and my solutions. I get a clear idea of what I need to do to correct things.
“I usually have to admit my fear of losing something I feel is important to me. Then I work on acceptance, gratitude and humility.
“Sometimes I need to make an apology. No matter what it is that is causing me discomfort, I always benefit from working Step Ten and promptly making amends.”
Amends as needed:
It’s important to remember that nobody is perfect, and that we strive for spiritual progress, rather than spiritual perfection.
“How am I doing today?”
Meditation for today:
We need to make time to meditate on our time on this planet. When it gets to a point where we do not see a clear direction, it is a signal that something needs to be meditated out into the open. If we ask our Higher Power to point out what we can learn from a situation, we will find new perspective.
Affirmation for today:
“Just for this day, I will face my life with courage. With the help of DA and my Higher Power, I have what I need to live through whatever this day brings.” *
See our Fourth Step Template which helps us to take a fearless moral inventory.
Some members, with the help of their Pressure Relief Group, take a moratorium from debt payments in order to get their spending under control. See this Debt Moratorium sample letter to creditors for one example.
For a detailed analysis of all the Twelve Steps, read Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
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