Endigar 615 ~ Only Two Sins

From the Daily Reflections of November 22;

. . . there are only two sins; the first is to interfere with the growth of another human being, and the second is to interfere with one’s own growth.   (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 542, 3rd Edition)

Happiness is such an elusive state. How often do my “prayers” for others involve “hidden” prayers for my own agenda? How often is my search for happiness a boulder in the path of growth for another, or even myself? Seeking growth through humility and acceptance brings things that appear to be anything but good, wholesome and vital. Yet in looking back, I can see that pain, struggles and setbacks have all contributed eventually to serenity through growth in the program.

I ask my Higher Power to help me not cause another’s lack of growth today—or my own.





I would think the prayer should be to help me, through my tenth step work, to see were I am a spiritual threat to myself or others.  For instance, I know that when I begin feeling a great deal of self pity or when I become paranoid of being judged unjustly, that fear and isolated selfishness are manifesting in me.  This is a pattern I have discovered in the moral inventory.  What I can change by will power, I do.  What I cannot, I turn to my Higher Power.

Another thing I think is important is to talk with my Gomu (God of my understanding) about is what I am doing that is useful and helps enhance my spiritual growth, and what do I do or can I do to support others along their own journey.  I think these more positive outlooks are step eleven pursuits.  Looking for sins belongs to step ten.  Maybe these are the only two virtues that are the flip side to these two sins.  I speculate.  I would rather quietly listen and make it intimate and personal with the Infinite One.

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