Secular Sobriety Discussion: The Quiet Conscience, One Day At A Time

Welcome to our discussion based on Joe C.’s Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life. We post choice quotes from the daily reading, as well as the discussion questions, and encourage you to think on it and respond in the comments. Please keep our community guidelines in mind while commenting.

Then, without realizing it, you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day; of course, you achieve quite a lot in the course of time. Anyone can do this; it costs nothing and is certainly very helpful. Whoever doesn’t know it must learn and find by experience that a quiet conscience makes one strong.

-Anne Frank

Anne Frank reminds us that life is lived a day at a time, and if we make small progress each day great strides happen over time…The quiet conscience that makes us strong, referred to above, comes from accumulated days of right living.

Discussion questions

  • Do I welcome my setbacks as life lessons and know they are part of the human experience?
  • Goals are worthy beacons to follow, but do I appreciate each day’s progress, including the back and forth? Do I have the strength that comes from a quiet conscience?

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