Parent Caregivers – 12 Step Program Step 12: Share the Message with Others
This series Parent Caregivers 12 Step Program is adapting the “Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous” to caregiving from the book Self-Care for Caregivers: A Twelve Step Approach. In last week’s post we discussed Improving Contact with God. This week we discuss how to share this message with others.
Share this Message with Others
Step 12: “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others caregivers, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”
This was a long journey. It is a journey that I feel I am still taking part in – and will be for a long time. I suspect many of you might feel the same way.
In a way, we were all unconsciously caring before we began the 12 steps. We were asleep to the heavy toll our caregiving was taking on us. We might have been unaware of the beliefs and behaviors we have and how they were getting in our own way. Yet, now we have been given the tools.
Step 12 is about helping others to see the light. If it was hard for us, it is hard for others as well. Part of our healing is sharing what we have learned with others that need help too. That is what this blog is all about – sharing the journey.
The exercise this week is to consider how you can share your 12 step journey with others. Perhaps you blog? Or you could create a support group and share it with others. One thing is for sure, whatever you do, know that this is a program that you enroll in for life. Remeber that helping others to stay on track is one way to help you step on track as well.
How This Affected Me
I am always learning and always growing. Going on this journey as an active process vs. just reading the book and moving on, has really given me a new found strength in how I can help others – but also on how I can help myself when things get challenging.
What will you do to share your journey? Let us know.
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