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Generous with my humility

tcr! · Aug 31, 2018 at 10:25 am

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Red candle in the dark

Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
— Step 8 of Alcoholics Anonymous

When I got to the Eighth Step I was kind of disappointed that they use the word “harmed.” I didn’t like it because I didn’t like the thought of me actually hurting people. We get a taste of peace after working the previous steps and then Step Eight comes crashing in like a bowling ball. Announcing we’d done harm.

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RecipeForIceCubes · Aug 31, 2018 at 12:50 pm

Very well stated. I was in a cycle of feelings and buried guilt myself. After I made some amends many others became easier and what I received back was mostly positive outcomes. Some people were neutral and others simply had forgotten what I was trying to apologize for.

The living amends I have either chosen to have or simply must carry with me due to absenteeism of the the person/people help me daily also. Keep it rolling Friend. One day, hour or minute at a time. AA will always have our backs.

tcr! tcr! · Aug 31, 2018 at 2:10 pm

It’s truly a blessing that we can honestly let go of those cyclical feelings and buried guilt with Steps 8 and 9.

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Miracles are seen in light

tcr! · Apr 27, 2018 at 9:32 am

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Miracles are seen in light

I fall short in life.

That’s not a judgment call or me being hard on myself. It just is. I’m just another guy wandering around aimlessly doing my best…and sometimes doing my least.

Struggling to maintain that non-mistake-making state only makes my life harder. Letting that struggle go gave me so much more free time to enjoy life and the company of my fellow humans.

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fleming · Apr 27, 2018 at 9:51 am

Again, this hits home….ESPECIALLY the last sentence! Thank you!

tcr! tcr! · Apr 27, 2018 at 10:21 am

You are most welcome!

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Apr 28, 2018 at 3:07 am

Thank you. I don’t always comment but I know you don’t take that personal. Love these affirmations. :)

tcr! tcr! · Apr 28, 2018 at 1:08 pm

Nope, it’s hard for me to take things person these days.

tcr! tcr! · Apr 28, 2018 at 1:09 pm

Also, SGC wrote the words in the picture. Maybe 13 or 14 years ago.

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marney0160 marney0160 · May 5, 2018 at 9:53 am

Love it!

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Grace for others

tcr! · Jan 21, 2018 at 9:26 am

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Sun shining on the snow

I would guess there’s been 5-10 relationships I’ve had with people where I’ve written them off. And I’m not talking about small relationships either. These are like personal relationships that have lasted for years.

And I wrote these people off because I had hurt them or they had hurt me and then it just went back-and-forth like some fucked up game of spiteful volleyball.

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fleming · Jan 21, 2018 at 10:40 am

Wow! It’s scary how much our minds work alike! I’ve always considered myself a “runner”…from 3 marriages, family and friends who have “done me wrong”. You have stated it so much more eloquently than I, but basically the same emotion and consequence. I want you to know I am actually learning “stuff” from you and want to thank you! I enjoy how your quirky mind works! And it sounds like Sara is VERY good for you! ♥️

tcr! tcr! · Jan 21, 2018 at 10:59 am

I’m glad that my words are helping you in your journeys. I think that’s a big part of why we’re here. Not on Facebook, but in the bigger sense. And yep, Sara makes me a better person. :)

klaurindabrey · Jan 21, 2018 at 7:09 pm

That’s cool you embrace that Travis! Our partners and other frienship relationships should bring out the best version of ourselves. I hope and pray that when the cosmos align 😊, I will find that relationship too.

tcr! tcr! · Jan 21, 2018 at 9:29 pm

You wil! The cosmos is just picking out the right relationship for you.

klaurindabrey · Jan 22, 2018 at 2:32 pm

Thank you so much for that Travis! You’re writings, pieces are wonderful. Writing has served a great purpose in my life as well. Thank you again! My best to Sarah! !

tcr! tcr! · Jan 22, 2018 at 8:03 pm

You are most welcome!

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gutierrez · Jan 21, 2018 at 11:11 am

The great game of volleyball has been besmirched.

tcr! tcr! · Jan 21, 2018 at 11:19 am

Haha! I hated volleyball when they forced me to play it in high school so I guess it’s a good metaphor for me. 😊

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Walker · Jan 21, 2018 at 2:37 pm

I really needed to hear/read this today. People dont change most likey will just keep on being the assholes that they are.

tcr! tcr! · Jan 21, 2018 at 4:39 pm

I need to hear it often as well 😉

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Jan 22, 2018 at 1:10 am

I’ve kept most correspsondence since before that. I also read old emails for inspiration and refresher courses.

tcr! tcr! · Jan 22, 2018 at 8:35 am

For sure!

Email (besides work) has always been more about personal correspondence akin to the letters I used to write to my peeps in the 80s and 90s. Believe it or not, letters from SGC in Wichita were one of the highlights of going to visit my dad (PGC) after my parents divorced.

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Apr 6th, 2017 at 3:22:53 pm

tcr! · Apr 6, 2017 at 3:22 pm

One of the greatest things about my life right now is that I don’t feel like I owe anybody an apology nor do I feel like anyone owes me one either.

That’s pretty bad ass.

#forgiveness #goteam

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