Have More Spirituality (in 12 Steps)?

Dr Robert Schuller. “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

Wow… Just thinking about the power of that simple question gives me goosebumps! What could you do? What is your true potential? A lot of us have gone through things that we definitely do not care to remember. A lot of us have done things that we will not repeat to others. A lot of us want to know that others have gone through similar things and have come out much better having gone through them. It is my hope that the 12 steps presented here along with some of my musings on some pretty important people in my life will help you along your path to having more spirituality. First, I would like for you to think about this quote from the movie “Silver Linings Playbook”.

“It hurts to look at the clouds, but it also helps, like most things that cause pain.”
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
We can get stuck thinking about what could’ve been and about what should’ve been. And, in doing so, we end up just like that… stuck! I know that there is a silver linings, family. I live it every day.
Dr. Robert Schuller believed this also. He went so far as to have a show called “The Hour of Power” just to prove that there is a silver lining. During these show, Dr. Schuller would interview people from all across the world. These were ordinary people who had accomplished extraordinary things. He wouldn’t just focus on their extraordinary accomplishments, though. He was much smarter than that.
He had his guests tell the WHOLE story. He asked his guests the tough questions about their struggles, their hardships, and the hurdles they overcame in order to stand victorious. (Remember: God uses lives of victory.)
His strategy was simple: show people the bad and the good.
It’s in the story that people learn about themselves. And, so it is when we hear people’s struggles and eventual success in spite of the struggle that we imprint life lessons into our own minds.

Some Storytelling Humor

Zen Master with a Hot DogZen Master Has A Hotdog

So the Zen master steps up to the hot dog cart and says: “Make me one with everything.”

The hot dog vendor fixes a hot dog and hands it to the Zen master, who pays with a $20 bill.

The hot dog vendor puts the bill in the cash drawer and closes the drawer.

“Where’s my change?” asks the Zen master.

The hot dog vendor responds: “Change must come from within.”

12 Steps…

Dr. Schuller was a master storyteller. I have to believe that all the storytelling helped to shape the lives and attitudes of his own children.
That is the reason that I have included the following 12 steps in this post. I am not talking about the traditional 12 steps of AA or NA. I am referring to spiritual growth and about how to have more spirituality in your life.
Have a look…

12 Steps for Spiritual Growth:

 1.  I will admit that I am powerless over my hang-up and that my life is unmanageable.

 2.  I will acknowledge that God is greater than I and that he can bring restoration to my life.

 3.  I will turn my life over to God.

 4.  I will make a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself.

 5.  I will admit to God, myself, and another human being the exact nature of my wrongs.

 6.  I will make myself entirely ready to have God remove any defects from my character and bring about the necessary changes in my  life.

 7.  I will humbly ask God to remove my shortcomings.

 8.  I will make a list of the people I have harmed by my past behavior and become willing to make amends.

 9.  Wherever it is possible, I will make direct amends to the people my behavior has harmed.

10.  I will continue to take personal inventory o my life on a regular basis and promptly admit when I do something wrong or lapse back into old behavior patterns.

11.  I will seek to know more of God.

12.  I will seek to carry to others the glorious message of teh possibility of a spiritual awakening.

(pulled from “12 Steps for Life-Changing Power: Dump Your Hang-Ups Without Dumping Them On Others” by Robert A Schuller)

These 12 steps were created by Dr. Schuller’s son. He continues to build people’s lives in his own way.

I have been to a good amount of 12 step meetings. Aside from 12 step plan that these meetings offer, I am continually inspired by the stories that I hear from people who have surmounted seemingly overwhelming odds just so they could tell their story and save someone’s life and in the process manifest more spirituality.

That’s the message behind this post…

Be Empowering!!

Keep looking for the stories that will help you reach your destination.

Answer the question, “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”

Once you have answered that question for yourself, go find people that have gone through similar situations and read their stories, listen to their struggles, and absorb the attitudes that encouraged them to succeed.

Next, create your own story by taking massive action towards achieving it.

Finally, show your appreciation for having accomplished your goals by telling other people in a similar struggle.

D Arlando Fortune

Keep it as simple as A, B, C’s; 1, 2, 3’s; and, do, re, mi’s

PS. Take action on “Be Empowered” section ASAP! Better yet take MASSIVE action immediately toward the life that you want for you and your family. Take these 12 steps with you on your journey towards more spirituality. And, refer to them when you have doubts creeping up from your spirit.

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