How to Take the Steps
I looked at her and said, “When I first met you I told you how to take the steps.” She looked at me and said, “But I did some of them and look where I ended up.” I replied right back in a slow purposeful voice, “Well, if you would have followed the simple instructions as laid out in the Book and taken them all and would have gotten off the elevator before you hit the basement, you would not be where you are now.” She put her head in her hands. I replied sharply, “So take all the damn steps already if you want to live!” She looked up and yelled at me, “Elevators! Steps! Basements!” She then looked down and said almost in a whisper, “You people are driving me nuts!”
I walked away shaking my head at yet one more failure and one more disappointment at my lack of getting through to yet one more stubborn, self-centered person---just an observation really---I try not to judge---but---they are self-centered nevertheless. From experience I knew the steps were easy and doable. They are special steps leading to the 12th floor that are designed to help people become successful at living according to the Book.
I took them many, many years ago and did not seem to have that much problem following the instructions on how to take them. It was always pointed out to me from Patty, who taught me how to take the steps back in 1979, that I could get off the elevator at any time and at whatever floor I wanted but still needed to take the steps at some point. I myself went to the sub-basement first then chose to start taking the steps at floor one. It was a long hard climb to the 12th floor but it saved my very life and allows me to this day become an expert leading others. Who wants to stay in a sub-basement?
When I was new at the job of telling people how to take the steps and get off the elevator I was at floors one, two and then on to three. I eventually moved to the 4th and 5th floor, where people are required to write down their background, then share the information with people like me who are experts. Telling experts what they did with the 1st, 2nd, 3’d and 4th floor activity assured them upward movement and success. They bring me their 5th floor list and I take over from there to get them through to floor six, seven and eighth, on to the ninth where they then graduate to the 10th, 11th, and 12th floor.
There they then can claim success taking all the steps to receive a special spiritual blessing. There is usually a big celebration with cake, cards, medallions, and lots of hugs at this point especially in the first year of completion. Many different things happen on various floors. The first was the most challenging to me---guess it is always hard to start a new thing no matter what it is. Anyway, finally I did get to the 4th floor where there was much list taking---a real inventory of my past and that special talk with Patty that scared the hell out of me.
I do know that this taking the steps thing is very important to those who don’t know how to do it. I know that to become an expert at it means that I have been taking them as per instructed, for over 34 years now. Does that not make me an expert? I don’t know anymore. This self-doubt is killing me with so much failure. What if all this step taking is wrong and I have wasted time, energy and my sanity? But I am in deep now and I know there are many who have followed these simple directions getting off the elevator and taking the steps as instructed---geez what am I not doing that so many fail my instructions?
That was a different generation in my day than the one I am teaching these days. This new generation of elevator takers get off as early as the 8th floor but skip steps and fall down blaming the steps instead of themselves. Real self contained group this bunch, again an observation. Anyway---years later up to now I have been yapping on and on about taking the steps, getting off the elevator before it hits the sub-basement and to no avail. Perhaps the new generation will just have to die trying. What a concept---but more than a concept it happens every day.
I was about ready to give up when in walks Sally P. asking me how to take the step. She had just found her way up from the sub-basement. It was a scary place for her. She told me how she could not get a phone signal down there. She kept hearing people moaning in dark hallways but as long as the lights were on she said she was relatively ok. Then when the lights went off she was really freaked out thinking she would be stuck down there forever. Then it hit me---maybe I should go back to where I began.
Maybe I should go back to the sub-basement, find some office space, keep the lights on, find those folks down there that are roaming the hallways and show them how to crawl out of that place to the basement, where there is a stairway to the first floor, which will get them started on their way to the 12th floor---of course---that’s it!
You see, it had been such a long time since I had been in the sub-basement that I forgot one important thing. And that thing is that only the most desperate of the desperate, in deep despair, finding themselves in the sub-basement can take the steps. Then and only then are they ready for the simple instructions laid out in the Book. I realized it was true that I had to move my office to the sub-basement instead of here on the 5th floor where my office is now.
So I packed my boxes, said goodbye to all the daylight people hanging around on the various steps, checking elevators for the not so desperate that have wiggle room to mess around, to take the steps or not---and moved. And I realized that instead of teaching anyone anything I am only to share my experience, strength and hope.
By the way Sally P. is now on the 3’d step so my new strategy is working and I don’t feel like a failure anymore. And even thought there are very precise instructions they can only be given in a sharing sort of way from one heart to another. I just won a 35 year medallion for my good work and I am grateful. Oh and if anyone has any funding to keep the lights on down here let me know.