7 STEPS TO FREEDOM
STEP 7: Maintaining our own FREEDOM, we pledge ourselves to help others as we have been helped.
STEP 6: Observing that daily progress is necessary, we set an attainable goal, towards which we can work each day.
STEP 5: Deciding that our FREEDOM is worth more than our resentments, we are using that Power to help free us from those resentments.
STEP 4: Endeavouring to help ourselves overcome our weaknesses, we enlisted the aid of that Power to help us concentrate on our strengths.
STEP 3: Evaluating ourselves by taking an honest self-appraisal, we examined both our strengths and our weaknesses.
STEP 2: Realizing there is a Power from which we can gain strength, we decided to use that Power.
STEP 1: Facing the truth about ourselves and the world around us, we decided we needed to change.
7 STEPS TO FREEDOM (FRENCH)
L- Lâcher prise sur nos peurs et nos doutes en faisant face à la vérité sur nous-mêmes et
le monde qui nous entoure.
I - Identifier la force intérieure qui sommeille en nous et la nourrir en cherchant à
comprendre les autres et le monde qui nous entoure.
B - Bâtir une meilleure version de nous-mêmes en évaluant honnêtement nos forces et
E - Évoluer en nous efforçant de surmonter nos faiblesses grâce à une aide extérieure ou
à notre propre force intérieure.
R - Rayonner notre liberté en faisant le choix de nous libérer de nos rancœurs et de nos
T - Travailler chaque jour à atteindre nos objectifs et à vivre notre vie avec passion et
É - Encourager les autres à trouver leur propre liberté et à les aider à atteindre leurs
Poem by El Jones
Her version of the 7 Steps to Freedom
There are lessons we've learned that we let ourselves forget:
Before we could walk, first we crawled and we crept
Once we accepted we could move forward
That's when we leapt
And when we could hold ourselves up
Then we reached a hand back to help
As Martin Luther King Jr Said
You don't have to see the whole staircase
To take the first step.
We don't have to see. Our belief will grant it
When we're down on our knees and don't think we can stand it
In the dark we feel we're alone and stranded
We've reached out before and come back empty handed
And it seems like too much that the world has demanded
Our mistakes seem too deep and we feel like we're branded
But please understand there are always second chances.
Sometimes it feels like we can barley chase success
Some days we taste the failures that sit heavy on our chest
But when it seems like the stress makes it hard to take a breath
The pain that we feel it can barley let us rest
Healing seems too far and we don't know what's next
But facing the truth about ourselves
Is the very first step.
And maybe that truth can feel too frightening and ugly
We think if people saw the real me no one will love me
To cover it up maybe we've drunk or we've drugged
But we know the darkest things only grow when they're swept under the rug.
And when we see that truth
We know we have to change
Realizing there is a Power from which strength is gained
And when we use that power
We start breaking our chains
The second step is taken and five more remain.
It's a journey inside, not a journey of the feet
And being unafraid to see is how we reach step three.
Honesty of self is what we seek,
Examining our strengths and finding where we are weak.
Finding our weakness is nothing to be ashamed
Because our weaknesses become strengths when we give them a name
Through concentrating on our strength we find the power to aid
And so we take the fourth step on the path we have laid.
But let me say this: no journey is straight
Sometimes we find ourselves going backwards, or our courage might fade
Or our purpose gets swayed by the guilt or the hate
We despair and we wonder if maybe it's too late
That's when we reach out for help to place us back on the way.
Because we know we were meant for this flight and ascent
We decide that our freedom is worth more than what we resent
And we don't let negativity live in our heads without rent
In step five we continue unbowed and unbent.
From a place we were broken we make ourselves whole
You can call it will, mind, determination, spirit or soul
Every day we set freedom as an attainable goal
In step six we have grown and we know we're in control.
When we move to new things there are stumbles and slips
Progress isn't easy it never comes quick
And so many of our walls it's us who put in some bricks
But we know we can survive when we're taking those hits
Because there's no freedom for one until there's freedom for all
And somewhere in the dark there's someone else making that call
There's someone trying to stand who needs help not to fall
So in the seventh step, we reach back behind someone else's wall.
There's walls made of metal and locks without keys
But in the mind and the heart is how we get free
And from the first step we took in faith before we could see
That journey bears fruit when our me turns to we
When we give to others we find the strength to be.
We won't always be strong, we won't always be wise
Sometimes we shut down with our true self disguised
But from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs
When we journey together we know we all rise.