One Step to Start a Journey

It only takes one step to start a journey

 Of discovery,

It takes but one step on the road

To enlightenment and hope.

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To take another step on the road

Of uncertainty,

Takes courage and determination

To move forward, to cope.

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Yet, on taking this second step,

We see possibilities,

We awaken to new beginnings

New visions.

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The realisation begins to dawn;

This is possible,

A message of hope that we can escape

The prisons (of our past).

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Take another step on the road

Unfolding

Before our eyes and we realise

We have some aid

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From a source thus far untapped,

Yet brimming

With strength and comfort

For the road ahead.

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One more step onwards and

We feel the weight

Of our rucksack of the past

That slows our way.

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We’ve looked at it before,

But only briefly,

And disregarded what we saw

For another day.

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Take this off our back and

Look inside

At the wreckage of our past;

See it clearly.

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Itemise it, describe it,

Write it all down

Then display the contents and prepare to

Share it freely.

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And on the next step begin to

Unload the weight

That has dogged our journey;

Feel the peace descend.

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Share the wreckage of the past

That so heavily weighed,

Feel the freedom to continue

Less the price we defend.

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Take another step and we’re

Half way there,

And begin to prepare ourselves

To see, to realise.

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Why we agreed to carry the weight

That slowed our trek,

Become ready to remove these defects

And open our eyes.

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With another tentative step

We ask for these defects

 To be finally removed

To make our way clearer.

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And ready ourselves to finally

Start the process,

To clear the wreckage of our past

And make our goal nearer.

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On the eighth step we begin to see

All the people

We harmed prior to this journey

And, before it ends,

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We make a list to prepare

Ourselves to repent,

To finally make good our promise

To make amends.

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Taking step nine, we safely and securely

Make amends where possible,

When, to do so, was clearly to the benefit of others

 And not to us.

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Although in doing so with humility

We continued our journey

Less burdened than when we started

Happy, free and joyous.

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On the tenth step we looked back

From whence we came,

Became mindful of any potholes

We might be making.

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We put these right as promptly as we could

Lest we trip up,

And continued on our journey forward

Content with steps we’re taking.

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With another step along this road

We sought through meditation

To improve how we felt

About where we’re going.

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Becoming conscious of the unseen

Companion we had along the way,

Of the support we’ve been given

 By others to help our growing.

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Now, with step twelve, journey’s end?

No, a new beginning,

Where we invite others to join us

On the road to salvation.

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And show our steps well learned

 Through experience,

The peace and tranquillity it brings;

Recovery and revelation.

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J.M.Doolan, 4th July 1997