We learn from our friends at Alcoholics Anonymous and their 12 step programme. We meet together whenever possible and look into our hearts for strength. In the same spirit as AA we declare:
- We admitted we were powerless over consumerism — that our lives had become unmanageable and unworthy.
- Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves – Nature – could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of Life and Nature as we understood Her.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to Nature, to ourselves, and to another human being the nature of our wrongs and transgressions.
- Were entirely ready to have Nature restore us and remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Nature to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons, soils, rivers and skies who we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to them wherever possible.
- Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were destructive, promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with Nature as we understood Her, praying only for knowledge of Her will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other Overshooters and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
I think that the power of my peers is helpful to keep me moving in the right decision. And I decided to stop seeing some of my former friends. Just like a recovering alcoholic has to avoid some former drinking buddies, we recovering Overshooters, need to avoid putting ourselves into unnecessary temptation.
On the other hand, now I have new friends who appreciate a home made apple sauce more than an expensive gift from Bali.
This has helped me. Does it help you?