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Agreement 3 & 4: Don't Make Assumptions & Always Do Your Best and how these relate to the Spiritual Principles Faith & Courage ?
Agreement 3: Don't Make Assumptions-I would say the principles on these two agreements are flipped. Courage goes hand in hand with not making assumptions. it takes courage to communicate with people when you are fresh to the rooms. It takes courage to find a sponsor, and not just assume we know what that person is like, because they are different from us. Making assumptions leads to being indecisive & inconsistent , so we end up picking the person we think is cool, by the car they drive or how many people like them.. that isn't courageous, it is just following along, like we did in our addiction. Once we start listening to those who have a true calm and centered view on life, we learn assumptions keep us stagnant, and we must lead with courage to stay clean/sober. Agreement 4: Always Do Your Best & Faith: a lot of us hadn't heard the words: Always do your best since we were children from a parent or grandparent, or maybe a friend or neighbor. Those words faded far into the background when we were drinking or using, and hoping to do the bare minimum, in order to get what we wanted. How do we find faith from such a lonely place, or learn what doing our best looks like? Doing our best in the early stages of recovery is showing up to a meeting, when it is the last place we wish to be, or talking to someone when we are having cravings. We start to learn to put faith into our desire to stay clean/sober. Our best will change moment to moment , as will our faith, but as long as we keep going , we are doing our best. So remember you don't have to be strong to have courage, just enough strength to keep pushing on, and you don't have to be a religious or righteous person to have faith, embrace all that you are, good, bad or indifferent, because you are all worth a Beautiful life. ~Blessings~ C.L