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Living a Balance Life - Recovered 590

Recovered Podcast

Release Date: 04/07/2015

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If nobody was doing any 12th-step work, the program would simply cease to exist. Without the service work of those who came before, no members would be here now.

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For many AA members, they say they have discovered their higher power and form a better understanding of that power.

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Step Ten suggests that it's time we take responsibility for our actions and to promptly clean up our role in all matters.

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By making direct amends to the person harmed the temptation to skirt the issue because of embarrassment or pain is avoided.

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Making the list is one thing. Become willing to actually make amends to those harmed is another. It can be a very humbling, but growing experience, to actually admit wrong-doing, especially to the person harmed. But the process can relieve those trying to recover from so much guilt!

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We have taken the very difficult moral inventory and admitted to our wrongdoings to ourselves, our higher power and to another human being. It’s now time to remove those wrongdoings from our everyday lives and we need help to ensure that we completely remove our shortcomings and don’t continue to fall victim to any of addiction’s ill effects.

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The sixth step can bring about significant and very noticeable change when it comes to the thought patterns and behavior that have been with us for a long time. It doesn’t happen overnight obviously, and there is nothing like perfection when working the twelve steps of AA. It’s about making a commitment and being content with patient improvement.

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Step Four has prepared you for step five, and by finding the courage to overcome that fear of rejection or the shame of your inventory, you experience honesty on a deeper level than in your first step of admission, and you break the pattern of denial that often plagues those suffering with alcoholism.

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While working on our step inventories we get a new perspective on the bigger picture, on patterns, selfishness, our responsibility in situations and in this process we are building up an accurate self-appraisal with true self-worth as the reward.

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When working on step three we take a look at how acting on self-will means behaving with the exclusion of any consideration for others, focusing only on what we want and ignoring the needs and feelings of others. While we were busy pursuing these impulses, we mostly left a path of destruction behind us, and we definitely lost touch with our conscience and a Higher Power.

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They say if you live a balanced life, you will feel calm, grounded, clear-headed, and motivated.

Since I’m none of those things, I guess I have some work to do to become more balanced in my life.

Let’s go to you first Cristie, what was it life, what happened and what is it like today?

What was your life balance like before the program?

What was the balance of your life in early recovery?

What is it like now?

Why do you need a balanced life?

What does a balanced life mean to you today?

  • balancing physical, spiritual, and psychological

  • exercise, prayer, think about relationships (therapy)

  • social time, other focus time, family time, alone time

Everyone's balance ratio is different, for example some people don’t have family, so family time is not a factor.

  • What areas of your life need the most attention, where do you most likely get out of balance?

There areas in our life that demand more time periodically.

How do you use the program to balance:

  • work and leisure

  • giving and receiving

  • recovery life and family life

There are events in our lives that put everything out of balance.  

My life balance is always changing because my life constantly changes.  Some reasons for change and to redefine balance:

  • relapse

  • loss, or gain, of a driver license

  • relationship break up/divorce

  • death of a loved one

  • dating

  • loss of job

  • marriage

  • children

  • retirement

  • sickness

  • a move

Have you experienced any of these changes and how has the program helped coping and then returning to balance?

  • what steps

  • what prayers

  • what slogans

  • how has a sponsor helped

What would you say to the new guy about balance?