By Stephen Roos
Brisk, insightful, and compassionate, this publication seems at all the Twelve Steps from a tender person's viewpoint. Concrete path is helping getting better young people make the stairs part of their lives.
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A beloved relative dies, a friend becomes sick, a dream we were counting on Page 29 has to be postponed or even re-envisioned. Times like these can shake one's faith. " we ask. " we conclude. Faith does not prevent bad things from happening in our lives. But faith does help us to handle life's difficulties in better ways than we ever imagined possible. It helps us to consider a plan or purpose higher than our own. Feeling pain as we do, we can be sure that we'll get through itand soberly too. Pain hurtseven in sobriety.
Generally speaking, of course, it's easier to go to people in the fellowship. After all, they did their Fifth Step for the first time once too and they know how you're feeling. But if you feel more comfortable with someone outside the program, why not ask that person to hear you? Page 43 Some prefer to do their Fifth Step with a family minister, priest, or rabbi. For very good reasons, some feel safer doing it with a minister, priest, or rabbi their family has never met. Some even prefer to do their Fifth Step with someone they've met only briefly and will never run into again.
It is a new beginning in trusting and caring. Many of us have come away from Step Five, recognizing that it is through knowing other people that we begin to know ourselves and our higher power better. Page 49 Step 6 Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character Character defects don't disappear into thin air just because we quit using. But sometimes that seems to be exactly what happens. Did we ever con bartenders and liquor store owners with phony IDs? Did we steal booze from our parents or our friends' parents?