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Sept. 6, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step

Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015

Today, amends to myself among those I damaged in my drinking days. There is wisdom that I cannot be thoroughly honest and humble to others if I do not first make amends to myself, amends in the form of accepting my behavior and its consequences to others and myself and, most importantly, amends in forgiving myself. In making amends, we also seek forgiveness, and we cannot expect forgiveness from others if we do not first forgive ourselves. And how can we forgive ourselves? We start by acknowledging and accepting the pain and damage we inflicted and be prepared to deal with the consequences instead of dodging or rationalizing them. In some cases, we may never be able to atone for our sins, but our highest example of amend may be to be clean and sober in this day, one day at a time. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2015

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