By Stephen Roos
Brisk, insightful, and compassionate, this publication seems at all of the Twelve Steps from a tender person's viewpoint. Concrete path is helping getting better young people make the stairs part of their lives.
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No matter how much we numbed our fears, they only got worse. Now might also be a good time to take note of some of the other things that still gnaw at us. We may remember times when we hurt people's feelings, a debt we didn't pay back, a time we were rude or even stole from someone. Just jot them down. There! It's out! And even though we feel remorseful about it, we don't feel the dread and shame that made us pretend we hadn't done those things in the first place. Now and then, we come to a memory of something that's just too painful to handle at Page 37 the current time.
We might start with a couple of character defects that we're not too proud of. We might move on to some feelings we're uncomfortable with. We may also speak about experiencesthings we did or things that were done to usthat we never told another soul about. Page 46 Almost invariably, we are surprised at and relieved by the response. Usually, our listeners identify with practically every feeling we've ever had. Often they can also mention some incident from their past to show us that they have had comparable, if not identical, experiences.
It may also be very confusing. That's more than okay; many of our most spiritual women and men have had profound doubts. Such doubts are part of any serious spiritual search. All that's needed in Step Three is a willingness to think about a higher power, find out what your feelings are, and be open to wherever your experience takes you. ''At the beginning I felt really bad about Step Three," Liz, the high school senior, admitted. "I mean, I'd never thought about God one way or the other and all of a sudden it's like I have to turn everything over to him.