Monday, 1 January 2018

The annual or semi-annual housecleaning

The book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions suggests an annual or semi-annual housecleaning.

One method is to approach this in a considered way, over time, rather than scribbling for a weekend.

Try this:

Each day, ask God, 'What is the most troublesome difficulty in my life?'

Then, depending on whether the difficulty is a resentment (= an emotional disturbance about the present or past), a fear (= an emotional disturbance about the future), a problematic sexual relationship, or more general strife or discord in another relationship, pick from

(a) The resentment inventory (page 64)
(b) The fear inventory (page 68)
(c) The sex inventory (page 69)
(d) Step Eight (What did I do? What should I have done instead? Who suffered and how? What can I do to make this right (amend/sane and sound ideal)?

Write, and discuss.

Gradually work through until there are no major issues left. Don't repeat the analysis of any one problem but do revisit to tighten up what has been written if necessary.

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