djmnyc wrote:Some people regularly go back and work steps 1-12 repeatedly. I don't read that into the Big Book. For me, steps 1-9 (especially 4-9) are a one shot deal, and then you live in steps 10-12.
Yes and no.
The God of my understanding developed a wonderful mechanism so that everything does not happen at once. It is called time. As an Alcoholic I found that my memory came back slowly, frequently through the aide of others. What has this to do with your statement, which I agree with by the way??
About 10 years sober I retired from the US Navy and went back to my family. I was sitting in my sister in law's home and I spotted a really bad stain on the otherwise beautiful living room rug and I asked how that happened.
her response was "don't you remember?" That in my experience is usually not followed by something good. It turns out that I had carried a drink into her house many years ago and spilled it on her carpet causing the stain.
It was obvious at that point that I had more step 9 work to be done. I have had other similar experiences and for a while I wondered if I would ever be finished with step 9 but it has been a long time now since I have had a memory jogger so maybe I am finished. Only God knows for sure.