humble – a meditation



Proud scholar
step down from your summit
fall in love and become a fool!
Become humble like dust
walk with everyone
good and bad, young and old
so one day
you may become a king.

— Rumi

At a recent meeting, the topic was Tradition 8, “Al-Anon 12th Step work should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.” In Al-Anon, I have found that not only don't I have all the answers, I actually have very few. When I am humble, open to learning, I can gain new insight and wisdom from anyone. None of us are set up as authorities in the program, we all share equally. Certainly, I have learned from those who are “old” in the program, but I have equally learned from members at their first, second, or tenth meeting. In Al-Anon, we are all at times fools and at times kings.

When I remember to “step down from [my] summit”, “become humble like dust”, and “walk with everyone”, I truly “become a king” in my living.

A meditation for August 21, 2013.

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Step 7 – Episode 31

end of dayWhat is humility? How do we ask God to remove our shortcomings? Are they really defects?

Listen as Spencer, Swetha, and Kelli, back together at last, talk about Step 7, Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

We explore our understandings of the word “humbly”. It can mean that we accept ourselves as we are, that we are teachable, that we don’t blow things out of proportion, or that we don’t have expectations. When we humbly ask, we say “I am ready to learn a new way of being.”

The readiness we found in Step 6 is essential for us to ask for our shortcomings to be removed. We also know that not all our defects will be removed right away, that there is a process, and that they will go in our Higher Power’s time, not ours. We can start to see the effect these shortcomings have in our lives, even as we continue to act from them. By the time we get to Step 7, we may have some former defects that are gone, or “gone-ish”. This can help us to believe, to have faith in the promise of Step 7.

We each share personal stories of defects removed, lessened, or still present. Kelli and Swetha relate how they used their program, and particularly Step 7, during a “very, very long” 4 day “vacation” with their families of origin. Spencer tells, during the Lives in Recovery segment, of a very recent experience in which he had to use Steps 1 through 7 to regain serenity.

The 7th step prayer asks for removal of “every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows”. We look at various understandings of “defect”. They can be tools that are no longer useful. Swetha puts forth the idea that her character defects were put there by her higher power so that she could learn something, which we all relate to.

Next week, we will be recording a joint sponsorship round table with the Recovered podcast. Our topic for episode 33 is compassion. Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.
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