13th September Daily Reflection

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13th September Daily Reflection

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REPAIRING THE DAMAGE

Good judgment, a careful sense of timing, courage and prudence – these are the qualities we shall need when we take Step Nine.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 83

To make amends can be viewed two ways: first, that of repairing damage, for if I have damaged my neighbor's fence, I "make a mend," and that is a direct amend; the second way is by modifying my behavior, for if my actions have harmed someone, I make a daily effort to cause no further harm. I "mend my ways," and that is an indirect amend. Which is the best approach? The only right approach, provided that I am causing no further harm in so doing, is to do both. If harm is done, then I simply "mend my ways." To take action in this manner assures me of making honest amends.

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I love the simple explanation of direct/indirect amends.
Every group has men and women who put too much thought and effort into their daily sobriety and not enough of themselves into their daily living. - Ed B., Akron, OH
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Check this out! By Happy Accident or Higher Intention... Page 83 of the 12&12 as well as page 83 of the Big Book!!!
We should be sensible, tactful, considerate and humble without being servile or scraping.
I love it!
Cling to the thought that, in God's hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have - the key to life and happiness for others. With it you can avert death and misery for them. page 124 BB
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PaigeB wrote: Mon Sep 13, 2021 9:18 am Check this out! By Happy Accident or Higher Intention... Page 83 of the 12&12 as well as page 83 of the Big Book!!!
We should be sensible, tactful, considerate and humble without being servile or scraping.
I love it!
I get it and I love it too, but it sure is fleeting when it does occur. I am an alcoholic...I want it now and I want more!!!. Sigh, reminder to self...progress not perfection.
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Good judgment, a careful sense of timing, courage and prudence
sensible, tactful, considerate and humble without being servile or scraping
Layne wrote: Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:01 am
I get it and I love it too, but it sure is fleeting when it does occur. I am an alcoholic...I want it now and I want more!!!. Sigh, reminder to self...progress not perfection.
Yeah - thinking that I will have ALL those qualities makes me think I might burst into flames at any moment! I like to remember that this is all about progress and that a little bit of any of these principles is progress!
Cling to the thought that, in God's hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have - the key to life and happiness for others. With it you can avert death and misery for them. page 124 BB
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Layne wrote: Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:01 am
OOOHHHH! Look at the follow up in the next reading... Sept. 14

"My responsible action brings me closer to the spiritual principles of the program — love and service. Peace of mind, serenity, and a stronger faith are sure to follow."
Cling to the thought that, in God's hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have - the key to life and happiness for others. With it you can avert death and misery for them. page 124 BB
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PaigeB wrote: Tue Sep 14, 2021 9:32 am are sure to follow."
When I am responsible...and follow...I am led to where I need to be. My troubles start when I lead. :wink:
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