Gary’s Perspective: Step 10

By Gary, Renascent Alumni

Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. 

This Step has been and continues to be a crucial part in my recovery. My sponsor was key in guiding me through Step 10. It has been a game changer me!  

It’s a Step I have to take out into the world with me everyday. It asks me to look at how I react to the outside world and keep my emotions in check. Let’s face it, I’m human and will make mistakes and react in the moment.

When I do, I have to humble myself and own it by making an amends right away (or as soon as the opportunity arises). This Step requires humility and takes my ego out of the process. The more I take my ego out of play the more successful I am at this Step. At the end of my take I always take a personal inventory and ask myself:

  • Was I resentful?
  • Was I dishonest?
  • Did I do or say something today out of fear?
  • Have I checked in with my Higher Power (mine is God) or my sponsor for assistance if I’m not feeling right about an interaction? 

By putting this step into practice, I’m essentially doing a Step 4 – 9 and in doing so, maintaining my emotional sobriety. As a sponsor, I’ve been able to help by guiding my sponsess through this Step. Nothing makes me happier than seeing another person healing by working this Step in their daily lives. 

I’ll close by saying, no one will ever be perfect but by doing my best to live by this principle, I am progressing and can say I’m much more emotionally stable an it keeps getting better!

Thanks to Renascent for giving me the start and courage to know that recovery and happiness are possible one day at time in all facets of my life.

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