A newcomer shared his outrage at a step meeting last week. His car was broken into, and the culprits took his cell phone. Just so happens the topic was step 9, “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” The person who shared after him spoke of the time he was robbed in sobriety, yet was also able to recant the days when he himself was the one doing the robbing. We all have the opportunity to experience the ripple effects of our past behavior.
One of my early spiritual awakenings was the realization that the pain I experienced when others harmed me is the very same pain that I caused my family, friends and so many complete strangers. This is the point in which the self-centeredness of addiction gives way to a new sense of understanding, compassion, and empathy for others. If the act was wrong when it was done to us, then it was wrong then we did it to others. Realizing this gives us reason to make sincere and heartfelt amends. Therefore, I am now able to pray that the pain of my misfortune becomes a lesson on how others may have felt as the result of my selfishness and irresponsibility. I ask my Higher Power to help me to make sincere and heartfelt amends to thtose I have harmed.Share post