Step 10 : Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
We have many sayings in A.A.
One goes states ..
All of the steps are important. Work them in order. They were numbered for a reason.
Of course this is basically true. At the same time, they are not meant to paralyze you with delays and indecision. Get on with them. Steps 1 through 7 can be done in literally a matter of several hours.
Does this fact that the first seven steps can be done in a matter of a few hours shock you?
Consider the fact that, according to our written history in World Service Conference approved literature, the following facts are indisputable.
Doctor Bob made his Amends ON the same day that he took his last drink. There was no Big Book, there were no steps. He just went out and promptly made his amends.
Do I personally recommend doing this? No! I certainly do not. But don't spend the rest of your life stuck on Step 9 either.
The most important thing to the early members was their quiet time (read prayer and meditation) in the morning. It's a wonder Step 11 was not put in as Step 2.
Why are we trying to stop people from immediately getting the benefits of Step 11 by saying they must work the steps in order, 1 through 12?
Newcomers with literally hours or WOW, even a few days dry, were helping other newcomers still in the hospital. So much for all of our 'unwritten requirements' for people to sponsor (you must have so many days / weeks / months / even years to sponsor).
For me, Step 10 is extremely important.
Step 10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
I will repeat the above. For the rest of our lives we are to continue to take personal inventory and to make amends when we are wrong or have harmed someone else.
What this amazing Step 10 does is this :
Because you will continue to take personal inventory for the rest of your life, you can get through your Step 4 inventory quickly. I was given one hour to write down the things I was going to take-to-my-grave with me.
Whatever you will miss (and yes, you will miss a lot of things) on your first pass through your 4th Step, you will find later doing Step 10 work.
The same for Step 9. Making amends is a life-long, ongoing process for us IF we want to follow our Design For Living given us in the 12 Steps. So when you come to Steps 8 and 9, get-on-with-them quickly and continue the process the rest of your life.
My Sponsor of now over 30-years, Jim C, in the San Francisco Bay Area gave to me the following gift.
THE WRITTEN 10th STEP ..
A WRITTEN TENTH (10th) STEP .. as taught me by Jim ‘C’ in