Week 264, All Addictions, Thursday Big Book Step Study Workshop
AA 12&12 p.91 para 1- through para 2 end of sentence 3.
“In all these situations we need self-restraint, honest analysis… a willingness
to admit…to forgive… We need not be discouraged… We shall look for progress, not perfection.
Our first objective will be the development of self-restraint. …When we speak or act hastily or rashly, the ability to be fair-minded and tolerant evaporates on the spot.”
Q(1)My reaction is my responsibility.
(a) Write on that.
(b) What would have been a healthy reaction to situations in the past that you did not handle very well? (Now you can bring them to QT and meditate on them.)
Q(2) “…willingness to forgive… .”
(a) Write on that.
(b) And, on a scale of 1-10, with the last person you had a difference, where is your forgiveness?
Q(3)Write on this:
“We need not be discouraged when we fall into the error of our old ways… .”
(Getting discouraged, when I’m anything but perfect, is part of the disease. It happens when the great ‘I wanted to be’
[our ego] gets in the way.)
Q(4) “…, for these disciplines are not easy.”
( p. 91 para 1, next to last sentence)
[“…these disciplines…”, says Stephanie, refer to (a) when we accept ourselves
coupled with (b) accepting life on Life’s terms.]
Are you accepting yourself right where you are?
Q(5)(a)Write on: “We shall look for progress, not for perfection.”
That is how we start our nightly review and also our spot-check inventory. But people use that as an excuse for not trying to be the best they can be.
(b)Have you done that in the past,
rested on your past progress but ceased to look for your goal of perfection?
Q(6)(a)Taking everything Stephanie just discussed and described about herself in this workshop (regarding cancelling going today to her new exercise class due to not feeling well/ up to par), where are you? What would you have done in this situation?
(b)Write about such a situation in your life. And write out a spot-check inventory.
Shares … 5′ meditation led by Stephanie… Then:
(SW): Always come out of meditation
gently. Be gentle with yourself; God is a gentle God. People may be harsh, but God is gentle.
And, if in your meditations you realize a relationship in your life is not sweet, do a spot-check inventory on it and make amends, if necessary.
There’s no reason for our relationships not to be sweet.