If you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.
Do you really want to create yet another future Step Nine that you need to make? I didn’t think so.
If you make a mistake make an immediate Step Ten – When we were wrong, we promptly admitted it. Making a mistake is being in the hole and continuing to dig. That’s good because an immediate Step Ten is to put the dirt back in that you just dug up.
The better goal though would be to put down the shovel. Don’t keep making the hole bigger. Be loving TODAY. Be patient TODAY. Be compassionate TODAY. Be sober TODAY. You don’t need to do those things FOREVER, you merely need to do them TODAY.
The hole you have dug because of your active depression will need to be filled in with Step Nine, but don’t worry about that at the moment. Focus your attention on Step Ten – don’t make the hole deeper.
The results will be that you feel better about yourself, and others will feel better about you.
Yours in recovery, Bill R.