Endigar 544 ~ Repairing the Damage

From Today’s Daily Reflections;

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, page 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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Neuroscience-power-crisis

My alcoholism has the power to do damage to me and to others who become involved with me.  My disease used my power as a living being to destroy.  I became powerless, not because I had no power, but because I surrendered that power to a pathological relationship.  Once surrendered, I am enslaved.

My sobriety has the power to strengthen me and to encourage others who become involved with me.  My solution uses my power as a living being to further empower.  I become powerful, not because I had the power as an isolated being, but because I surrendered that power to a God of my own understanding.  Once surrendered, I experience freedom.

The amends process is the practical expression of this new reality for me.

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