Step Two Hundred and Thirty-Two
Therefore, this day develop the wisdom and the understanding that your true accomplishment is dependent upon the accomplishment of others as well. Think not that you know who all these others are, for you have not met them all yet. Some are in this world, and some are beyond the world. They may not be in your personal sphere at all.
How, then, can you proceed when your accomplishment is partially dependent upon others? You proceed by giving yourself to your preparation. The power of doing this will strengthen those with whom you will be engaged in your life’s calling. Because your application strengthens one another, you are already in relationship; you are already influencing one another. The closer you come to that point where Knowledge emerges, the closer they will come as well. The more you hold yourself back, the more you hold them back. You cannot see the mechanism for this while you are in the world, for you must be beyond the world to see how this works. But you can understand the idea that all minds influence each other, particularly those minds that are meant to be engaged specifically with one another in life.
Therefore, your advancement is dependent upon your own efforts and the efforts of others. Yet, the efforts of others are supplemented and strengthened by your own efforts. Therefore, your achievement is very much given to you to accomplish, and yet your achievement will join you with life and will deepen the content and experience of relationship beyond what you were formerly able to experience.
In your hourly remembrances and in your longer meditations in stillness today, allow your efforts to supplement the efforts of others, which will supplement your efforts. Allow the combination of your mutual dedication, then, to be a source of strength which you will experience this day and which will be experienced by those whom you have not yet met in this life.
Practice 232: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
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What I have understood from this Step, however, is that I need to take a different view of my individuality, understand that I have something that is unique to me, but this something contributes to the whole, like a piece in a jigsaw puzzle. A piece of the jigsaw is nothing when it is lying on the table separate from the other pieces, it only takes on meaning when it is joined with the other pieces to create a whole and harmonious picture.
If I take this analogy further, does this mean I need to find the other pieces of the jigsaw that fit next to mine, have the same or similar patterns to form my part of the bigger picture? I think I may be stretching the point, and this jigsaw analogy came to me literally right now as I am writing this, it is not something I have ever pondered before.
To return to firmer ground, I will focus instead on this part of the Step.
Douglas, I see we are in the same boat with our unanswered questions.
Okay fine, I get it, keep on preparing and just maybe some light will (eventually) dawn (I'm laughing, winking, and gathering my strength for the next ascent). Ah! and by doing this I am strengthening the others going along with me.