Step Ten: Ongoing Maintenance

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When you are at your lowest, look to your highest.

With Step 10, we continue to take personal inventory, and when we are wrong, we promptly admit it. Unlike most of the previous steps, Step 10 is worked on an ongoing basis, usually every day, sometimes more than once per day. In fact, Steps 10, 11, and 12 are all considered to be ‘daily practice’ activities. For this reason, these steps are sometimes referred to as ‘maintenance steps.’ The basic idea is that Steps 1 through 9 will get us sober and spiritually fit, and Steps 10 through 12 will keep us that way. Yes, lots of us do go back and re-work earlier steps (especially Steps 4 and 5), but usually that is done on an annual basis or some other quite spread out schedule. Steps 10, 11, and 12 are meant to be worked regularly, on an ongoing, day-to-day (sometimes even moment-to-moment) basis.

Task for Today
Think about how working Step 10 regularly will help you stay spiritually fit.