It works if you work it - and a special update from inside Lebanon

On April 8, 2022, everything changed! My life had become unmanageable, suffering was the norm, and I finally cared enough to change. Passivity, escaping, shutting down, and addiction plagued my life. These are not a complete record of all my faults, but more like a Hall of Fame of my biggest struggles, what I like to call Signature Sins.

“It works if you work it,” spoken at the end of many Alcoholics Anonymous meetings around the world. It is a major reason for any success I’ve experienced in finding freedom from my own signature sins. 12 Steps to Freedom is a resource born from my own desperation and need. The hope is you find freedom from your signature sins and experience joy, serenity, and contentment in life and your relationships. You feel the same desperation I experienced, I know this is true or you would not be reading these words. If you want freedom, put in the sweat equity.

Deliverance from your most haunting offenses requires work and a total mental, emotional, and spiritual renovation. Liberation from signature sin is a lifetime journey focusing on the present. The past is in the past. It is dead and buried; nothing can undo what has happened. You cannot change the past. Nor can you do anything about the future; it is yet to be written.

Eckhart Tolle said, "Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry - all forms of fear - are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence."