Finding Your Self at Work: The Tenth Step, keeping our commitments lifelong

Finding Your Self at Work: The Tenth Step, keeping our commitments lifelong


Keeping our commitments lifelong: Stairs to nowhere. Image by Lisa Jarvis, uploaded to geograph and accessed via Wikimedia Commons.

Keeping Our Commitments Lifelong to Continue Recovering from Capitalism

Recap: Where We’ve Come Thus Far

After realizing we were addicted to the chase for money (capitalism), and wanted to enter into a healthier relationship with it–

After realizing we could trust a saner power to help us through this process, and choosing which one to trust in–

We made what the 12 Steps call a “moral inventory.” We admitted responsibility for what our addiction to money had done to us. (The 12 Steps don’t make nice: this is called admitting the “exact nature of our wrongs.”)

We got ready to stop what we were doing wrong. (Just being willing to stop is a whole Step unto itself!) Then we allowed the saner power we trusted in to help us stop. (And that gets a whole Step, too.)

Next, we made a list of the people we had harmed through our addiction. And then, in the last Step we explored in this series, Step Nine, we did all we knew to do to make amends to them in ways that don’t make things worse. (You’ll find can my amends here.)

The Tenth Step

At this point, Step 10 seems really easy–it’s ground we have covered:

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

This sounds easy. But can we continue to pay attention to the people we harm in our chase for money?

The people we run over, and the loss of self? That is the challenge of Step 10. It’s lifelong. And the rewards are therefore also lifelong.

Here is the next Step, Step 11. All the Steps to Recovery from Capitalism are here.


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