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Step 10

June 27, 2018 by Kayce L.

This step is exactly what I needed to go back to in my recovery. In life’s chaos we can get vulnerable to fear, anger, jealous, and just emotions all together.

I have found myself hung up on resentments and fear. My higher power had me listening to my meeting last night, big book study. Step 10 brought me back where I needed to remember to spot check inventory of myself.

Doing a spot-check inventory is when you have an emotional disturbance. This is a quick, spur-of-the-moment inventory concerned with day-to-day problems. It helps to silence volatile emotions, build character and promote a positive way of life.

Avoid making quick-tempered decisions; train yourself to take a step back and breathe.

Survey your situation honestly.

Admit when you’re wrong.

Forgive others when they’re wrong.

Focus on progress, not perfection.

When we take a moment and do this in hard times of our lives. We can get back on track and love ourselves and the ones we love.


  1. Janny says:

    My favorite review step. It amazes me to reflect back on the person I was and the person I am now. AA has been like a second set of good parents that raised me to be more honest, humble and forgiving. Good one Kayce!!

  2. Dave H. says:

    Felt directed by my Higher Power to read this message today. So glad it’s there. Just what I needed. Thank you for the eloquent reminder.

  3. Kirsten says:

    Hi. Wow. I haven’t was this in awhile and it is exactly what I needed. My Higher Power is large and in charge. He has me. ThNk goodness for this bc I am a handful. Lol. Just celebrated 19 years . The steps never change. I do 🙂

  4. goldadina says:

    My daughter has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. I need all of your good words. I’m trying very hard to stay in touch with HP. I have 39 years and sometimes it’s still hard to keep the faith. Thank god I have the program.

    • Kayce L. says:

      Hang in there. Life on life’s terms. Go to a meeting. Talk about this get support don’t do it alone thanks for sharing

  5. Linda P. says:

    After 40 years, I have learned that the hardships & problems of today are the gifts of tomorrow. Yes, & life can be challenging even after 40 years. We just do not need to be alone.

  6. Paul Kinder says:

    “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong we PROMPTLY admitted it”.
    I think the word Promtly was put there for people like myself because within a minute or so it’ll be your fault.
    That’s how quickly I rationalize.

  7. Generic says:

    The difference between a HIGHER POWER & HIRED POWER is amaizing.

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