"Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it."
I love this step. Really, really love it.
Allow me to be didactic for a moment and just point out that this step says WHEN we were wrong, not IF we were wrong. We are humans and we are going to be wrong. We will likely get used to being wrong less often, but we are still going to be wrong. But what we do about it makes all the difference.
I think the first trick for me is to realize that I am going off track before I am totally out in left field. I usually get out there gradually, so it really pays to be doing a regular 10th step and then I am likely to see when I am just a bit off track before I am totally wacked.
I have a pretty book that I keep by my bedside and use for my written 10th step. I am not always 100% faithful to writing every night... but when I am, things are better. I will catch things that I need to apologize for, or talk to someone about, or just change. I will notice when I am starting to gossip which for me is a bad thing, it is not only harmful to others, but it makes me feel icky.
I cannot behave the way others behave. I can't get away with it. I cannot go around hurting others. I cannot play the corporate game, I have to be honest. I cannot blame others - even when they are wrong. The price for behaving these ways may be my very life. I have to keep it squeaky clean. I have to take responsibility for my own actions. I cannot spend time worrying about the "wrongs" that others have done me.
It is a big challenge to live this way, but the rewards are more than worth the sacrifice and effort. I feel like the Tenth Step keeps me on the right path. The Sober Path. Thank God.