Good words and actions make a reality of good intentions.
Thought into Action
Meditating on the potential to improve who we are is an essential step to improving what we do. Even being aware of our need to change begins a process where we start to do so. But being resolved to be a ‘nicer person’ remains a vague dream until that determination inspires more generous and considerate action.
The support and appreciation of family and friends is vital if we are to move forward.
Let’s not pretend that it is only children who do better with encouragement and praise, and maybe even a sense of duty to fulfil expectations.
Religious people seek help not only from their family and community but also from God himself. Although it’s maybe strange that the first 12 Steppers asked God to ‘remove their shortcomings.’ While most Christians believe they are unable to do good without the help and inspiration, ‘the Grace of God,’ few would be comfortable with words that seem to mean that it’s his job to put us right. Most would accept a personal responsibility to turn around their own lives, even if they, along with the adherents of most other faiths, believe they cannot do so without divine aid.
Humbly asked Him to remove our short comings.
Step by Step
As with so much else in life in general and the recovery process, it’s a fatal mistake to try to do everything at once. We need to focus on one thing at a time. Today I will try to be tolerant of people who annoy me, or I will get myself organised to be on time for appointments.
Focus doesn’t mean ignoring everything else. Like the plate spinner at the circus, I need to start things one at a time and as I get more and more going, keep an eye on them all and maybe put off starting another while I go back and give a boost to one that’s slipping.