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Alcoholics Anonymous | August 16 | DonInLondon | Step 8 "Amends And Willing"

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August 16 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 8 Amends And Willing Alcoholics Anonymous [ Full daily blog link: http://donoddylondon.blogspot.com/ ] Today's AA daily reflection: "I had dropped out..." Over the years in my drinking days, I accepted career choices which involved working with "people," working all over the "place" where the job took me and seemed to collect "things" ad nauseam. Always adding more on top of more. Somehow fitted with my restlessness in the here today and gone tomorrow world I created... Dropping off the radar very often...

In a dislocating world, it is very easy to be dislocated and peripheral, on the outside. Looking back I can see that career choices meant I was always on the move troubleshooting something or other, stay long enough to make a difference but not putting any roots down. It was not a conscious choice to be like this, but it was harmful to me and many people I met. It had a lot to do with romance and finance, two of the most important elements of life, never enough to fill the void inside in those days...

Now that I don't have to to fill the void inside and have come to understand what it is to be a human being, learning the emotional and spiritual day by day "my feelings in the moment of now and how to cope with them." This makes me more aware of my impact on other people and although I enjoy and have deep feelings for people around me, I don't place expectations on others and I don't promise anything I cannot deliver. In the moment it works if I keep on working to truth, in an open honest and willing way today...

In the new world of instant communications, I feel there is an expectation that if we have computers and telephones welded to us, that people expect instant answers and can be frustrated when an individual chooses to switch off communications. And the daily reflection, about dropping out and in some way excluding people needs context or we never switch off, never drop out and never take time out in solitude to rediscover what we need and how we interrelate with family and friends...

Instant connection 24 hours a day to a huge world. An addiction of its own, the addiction of not missing out on anything and instantaneous gratification is not healthy. Just my opinion, but I cannot find peace of mind if I have no peace. I do keep in touch as best I can but not instantly! I know the difference between solitude, what I would call time out and isolation which is a desire to hide away. "Solitude" to learn about me is good, "isolation" to hide away not so good and can happen any given day...

When it comes to life balance where we include people and become included by other people is something that develops through time. There can be harm done inadvertently and we can make things understandable when we know we have hurt somebody and make amends. This does not open the door to inclusion always, because there are a lot of people in life we just don't want to know, and there is absolutely no reason to include people in our lives if we don't like them, and we can meet many of those every day...

DonInLondon [ Full daily blog link: http://donoddylondon.blogspot.com/ ]
AA Official Online Site: Daily Reflections http://www.aa.org/lang/en/aareflectio...
AA Official Online Site: Big Book And Twelve And Twelve http://www.aa.org/lang/en/subpage.cfm...

Step 8 "Step Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all." "n other words, who have you harmed? You will recall from our discussion of Steps 4 and 5, that a preliminary list of persons we had harmed is generated there. The list will now be refined into a personal amendment plan, which is the product of Step 8."Although this step requires plenty of work, there is nothing frightening in it. Amends are not actually made in Step 8. Instead, we plan for the making of amends in Step 9, which follows. Harm is: injury, hurt, damage, misfortune, grief, pain, sorrow, evil, wrong or wickedness. Have we brought about any of these in the lives of others? The Big Book and the 12&12 also are quite specific about harm." BB Bunch
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August 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 8 Amends And Willing Alcoholics Anonymous Reading Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My1qeO...
August 2012 | Video Reading How It Works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Rj3wP...
August 2012 | Video Reading Into Action : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueS51r...
August 2012 | Playlist All About Step Eight : http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...
Email | don@doninlondon.com
Music | "music for airports" By Brian Eno | http://www.enoshop.co.uk/ |

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