Step Ten: Wash, Rinse, Repeat

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Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.

Step Ten is the logical culmination of the previous nine steps. The first nine steps are about stopping the bleeding of addiction and then identifying and cleaning up the wreckage of our pasts. Step Ten begins the process of living differently in the present. Essentially, it is an ongoing version of steps four through nine, wherein we take a quick inventory of a situation, identify our part in it, and, when necessary, either self-correct or quickly make an amends. Happily, having worked steps four through nine already, we are familiar with this “inventory, assessment, change, and amends” process. The difference here is that Step Ten inventories deal with the present rather than the past, and the schedule for self-correcting or making an amends is “as soon as possible” rather than waiting until we are spiritually fit and the time is right.

Just for Today
Think about your actions in the moment, considering your role in all that happens.