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October 2, 2015

What is earnestness?
It is not distraction.
It is not forgetting.
It is not avoiding spiritual practice.

I have a life that includes a certain set of specifics. Right now there is a job, a house that needs care, a dog, a boyfriend whose interests are world-based, a daughter in college, a friend who craves my attention, and a body I want to care for. Those are the specifics.

Are the specifics distractions?
Do I forget purpose when I am involved with these specifics?
Do I use these specifics to avoid spiritual practice?

If so, that is not earnestness.
If not, earnestness may be present.

From → #786-802, Step 4

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