The Red Boot Eleven Steps
Step One: We came to see that, despite sometimes feeling helpless, angry and even apathetic about the current course of human events, we each play an essential role in our communities, our families, and our lives. We matter.
Step Two: We came to see that, despite sometimes feeling small and powerless, we possess the power to positively influence all those with whom we come into contact, which on any given day can be literally hundreds of people. We are empowered.
Step Three: We came to see that, despite at times feeling fear in admitting so, we are imperfectly human. This means we are free to make mistakes and free to admit when we have done so. We are wonderfully human, each with our own story and our own experiences. We are transparent.
Step Four: We came to see that, despite sometimes feeling overwhelmed by the increasingly “noisy” effects of technology and the busy-ness of our lives, we can choose what and whom we allow to influence our minds, bodies, and personal environments. We are intentional.
Step Five: We came to see that, despite sometimes being fearful of those who are not like us, we have more in common than we realize. We approach those we meet with positive intent and likewise assume that they come to us with positive intent. We are open.
Step Six: We came to see that, despite often feeling stressed by the demands of life, taking time every day to be in stillness, provides a peace that is essential to our well-being. We are more present, available and willing to see the mystery of serendipity and coincidence. We are trusting.
Step Seven: We came to see that, despite wanting at times to “be right”, we best serve the world by seeking first to understand and then be understood. We humbly put aside our own agenda and listen with our whole heart before responding. We are present.
Step Eight: We came to see that, despite at times feeling the burden of the world upon our shoulders, expressing joy and approaching our lives and those in it with the innocent wonder and curiosity of a child is essential to our well-being and the well-being of those around us. We are joyful.
Step Nine: We came to see that, despite sometimes feeling frustrated, perhaps even angry and scared at times by our life circumstances, expressing gratitude is essential to our well-being and the well-being of our community. We are grateful.
Step Ten: We came to see that, over time if we practiced these guiding principles on a regular basis in all areas of our lives, there is peace. We came to know, see and experience love, compassion, hope, humility, joy and wonder all around us. We are whole.
Step Eleven: We came to see that living our lives as outlined in these eleven steps positively impacts our lives and the lives of those around us. We feel a new and joyful responsibility to serve our community in any number of ways. We are engaged.