Steps to Better Living

by Stoach

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released June 26, 2016

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Track Name: Isn't it Time?
You are scared of things you can’t control
So you took the easy road and numbed the pain until it went away
For many years you created tears
And the ups and downs threw everyone around but who cares

Isn’t it time to stop the fight admit your powerless life
Isn’t it time to seek the light
Isn’t it time

The bottom is low no matter how you go
But there is more to life than using and losing control
Surrender yourself for your mental health
And start your way to better days it's your only choice

Isn’t it time to stop the fight admit your powerless life
Isn’t it time to seek the light
Isn’t it time

Under the lash of addiction, drives one to conviction
Admission and toleration, are the keys towards liberation

Isn’t it time to stop the fight admit your powerless life
Isn’t it time to seek the light
Isn’t it time

You’re not alone, many of us jones
The shares of despair and humility provide inspiration
Surrender yourself for your mental health
And start your way to better days it's your only choice

Isn’t it time to stop the fight admit your powerless life
Isn’t it time to seek the light
Isn’t it time
Isn’t it time to stop the fight
Isn’t it time
Isn’t it time to seek the light
Isn’t it time
Isn’t it time to stop the fight
Isn’t it time
Isn’t it time to seek the light
Isn’t it time
Isn’t it time
Track Name: Higher Power
Thought I can do it, on my own, my will to win,
led to sin, eventually all was blown
It kept on going, for many years,
first it was cool but the fool would fall flat on his rear

Came to believe
what I need
to mend me
is a higher power

Solicited a lot, but nothing fulfilled
I lost my faith, my place, my heart and soul were chilled
Could not see roadblocks, in front of me,
defiance, reliance and negligence to a degree

Came to believe
what I need
to mend me
is a higher power

Every day when I wake up, it’s one day at time
Remember patience, cause It’s his will not mine
Got to get on the right track, or my worlds collide
Remember patience, cause It’s his will not mine

I need the power, to help me see,
childhood faith replaced by failed self-sufficiency
It’s not that easy, initially,
but if you work, the perks, overcome the toxicity

Came to believe,
what I need
to restore me
is a higher power
Track Name: Depend on You
It’s time to decide, leave behind your foolish pride
Open the door, insert the key accept His will some more
Walk on through, doors swings open easier than you knew
Remove your self will, it blocks God and only makes you ill

I must depend on You
I must rely on You

You've taken two steps, acceptance is just the start of it
It’s time for action, cut away self will and feel the satisfaction
Try to align, your will with God and gracefully be consigned
How is this done? Self pity and lying there must be none

I must depend on You
I must rely on You

It seems like no one knows what I feel or where I’ve been
Now I hear a call to open, inside and let Him in.
I know it’s hard to do, but look what you been through
When you shift your will and care, you won’t feel so scared

What becomes of me, as I turn my care over to something
Do not cry, the independence will not die
The more we rely on God, the more independent you really are
It’s a time for action, take the third step and feel the satisfaction

I must depend on You
I must rely on You
I must trust in You
I must build on You
I must have faith in You
I must pray to You
I must confide in You
I must love You
Track Name: Take a Good Look At Yourself
Instincts run wild, shortcomings thrive, a lot of the time
Foolish dreams & vain glory, the seven deadly sins, getting me down
Yeah soul sickness and fear
it is clear that I’m in trouble

The manipulation, of other people, to my willful desire
Loss off all perspective, no humility, stimulates the blues
Numerous rebellions around
I am bound to be in trouble

Take a good look at yourself
Identify the good and the bad
A light starts to shine on your scene
Identify rotten roots at the core

Classification, of your imperfections, is your list long?
Nose to the grindstone, there's work to be done, towards your repair
Yeah painstaking and hard
Try to discard your baggage

Take a good look at yourself
Identify the good and the bad
A light starts to shine on your scene
Identify rotten roots at the core

Unprincipled ambitions
Resentment and anger
You're not a happy camper
Finding out why is the answer
impatient and Intolerant
vengeful and promiscuous
You need a good influence
To enhance this experience so

Take a good look at yourself
Identify the good and the bad
Light starts to shine on your scene
Identify rotten roots at the core

Character defects, create a list, look deep down inside
Be comprehensive, thoroughly complete, no stone un-turned
Yeah I'm working a plan
It's not grand but I'm feeling better

Take a good look at yourself
Identify the good and the bad
A light starts to shine on your scene
Identify rotten roots at the core
Track Name: Piece of Mind
Don't carry the load alone
You'll only stumble and lose control
You need to tell another human being
the nature of your wrongs for healing
It's hard to do it not that easy
Don't water it down half heartedly

Forgive and walk the line
For your peace of mind

Fear, pity and injured feelings
blocks self-assessment honestly
Another’s feedback and advice
eradicates one’s dangerous plight
A face to face honest confession
always facilitates truthful expression

Forgive and walk the line
For your peace of mind

Find a person who has shared in your blues
Someone who can help expel the booze
Sure to take nothing to the grave
Earnestly done, discord leaves like a tidal wave

Experience and wisdom are a must be
for the person who hears your malady
You need to trust in them
to help to forgive your sins
A face to face honest confession
helps to stop your spiritual regression

Forgive and walk the line
For your peace of mind

No matter what wrongs have been done
by telling another, forgiveness will come
And while at the same time
forgive others, give it a try
Many years of pent up emotion
Will loosen up for a tranquil solution

Forgive and walk the line
For your peace of mind
Forgive and walk the line
For your peace of mind
Track Name: I Am Ready
Instincts sometimes drive us blindly
Undue pleasures I find satisfying
Why does it feel so surreal.

Are you willing to clean house
Ask for guidance and espouse
Towards a release to make piece

I am ready to
release my weakness and flaws
I am ready to
remove defects and walls

The answer is apparent to us
Work your failings, no easy shortcuts
Are you prepared, don’t be scared

It won’t happen all at once
We need patience on this front
Aim for the best on this quest.

I am ready to
release my weakness and flaws
I am ready to
remove defects and walls

How do we know when we’re ready
Some defects seem normal and steady
Aim for your best know you are blest

You do not have to achieve perfection
Just try to find a better direction
Time to start to follow your heart

I am ready to
release my weakness and flaws
I am ready to
remove my defects and walls
Track Name: Try Some Humble Pie
Take a good look in the mirror
Does the reflection trouble you
It seemed I knew what I was doing
But I centered on pretentious footing

Find humility
It provides fertility
to ask for removal of our faults

It’s time to start each day and set out
to be happy and fulfilled
How do we get there with some dignity
Must move the focus from ourselves

It is humility
Provides fertility
to move the focus from ourselves

We need to be willing to try humility
We need to be willing to try modesty
We need to be willing to try honesty
And stop confusing the ends with means

You made a lot of terrific progress
Those dear to you are very proud
Must address our flaws to avoid setbacks
because our other option is a deathtrap

Try humility
Provides the ability
to remove the focus from ourselves

We’ll feel great when we really want it
Versus times when we really need it
Here we’ll find the nourishing ingredient
to learn, reconcile and re-mediate

Find humility
Provides capability
to remove the defects and our faults

We need to be willing to try humility
We need to be willing to try modesty
We need to be willing to try honesty
And stop confusing the ends with means

Peace and serenity
are a real good chemistry
Set your sights on these goals
We must be willing
to get our filling
on a piece of humble pie
It helps you grow
to a new plateau
so we don’t forget God’s grace

We need to be willing to try humility
We need to be willing to try modesty
We need to be willing to try honesty
And stop confusing the ends with means
Track Name: Willing to Rectify
Look back and try to discover
The harm you’ve done to another
Think it’s not your fault in the first place
Always downplay wrongs for your own sake

I thought I was never wrong
I blamed someone else I'm headstrong

Look back and try to discover
My faults and deeply I wonder
How to repair the human wreckage
I caused others while I was reckless

Think about each person you harmed
Think about why you were wrong

Can you feel it
Yes I can feel it

We need to, forgive those
People we’ve harmed
We need to, make a list
Of people we’ve harmed
Be willing to, prepare to rectify
We need to, be willing to rectify

Can you feel it
Can you feel it

Be willing to, atone to
those you've harmed
We need to, be better to
those we've harmed

As you slowly recover
And are willing to discover
Your pain will gradually lessen
Closer to your fellows you're destined

I thought I was never wrong
I blamed someone else I'm headstrong
Think about each person you harmed
Think about why you were wrong
Track Name: Say You're Sorry
I woke up this morning and said my daily prayers
Asked for the courage to atone to those I hurt and scared
Thought a lot about the damage that was done
When I started, I knew that this would not be fun

Oh Lord

I did my homework, prepared to rectify
Rigorously thought about, who, what and why
Now consider how, when and the time
To make a direct amends, to those I’ve made cry

I need

To take on responsibility
For others prosperity
Make sincere apology
For your hostilities

Some folks you apologize to when you’re on the beam
Others it takes more time to regain your self-esteem
Yet there are people who you should avoid and leave alone
Because the harm you've caused to them forever is set in stone

Oh Lord

Are you ready
To say you’re sorry
Don’t you postpone
Or wait to later

Put your cards down
On the table

Are you ready
To say you’re sorry
Don’t you postpone
Or wait to later

Put your cards down
On the table

Are you ready
To say you’re sorry

I need

To take on responsibility
For others prosperity
Make sincere apology
For your hostilities

There's nothing better, than the feeling of relief
Of a heartfelt apology to someone you’ve caused grief
Resulting consequence is sometimes bitter sweet
While at the same time you did a good deed

Amen

Actions now, prove your amends
To show others, you meant what you said
Actions now, set a good trend
To show others, you're starting to transcend
Track Name: Reflect Daily
Can you live
Without a crutch
Can you live in emotional balance
Without a fuss

Inevitably
There will be times
You feel tangled and jammed up
It's appraisal time
It's appraisal time

For your sobriety
Reflect daily
To live serenely
In peace and harmony

Admit your faults
Use self-restraint
And try to forgive others
Cause they ain't saints

Learn to spot
And clean your stains
This Is the art of good living
It keeps us sane
It keeps us sane

For your sobriety
Reflect daily
To live serenely
In peace and harmony

That's right
You need daily self-examination
To deal with anger and frustration
Maybe you should try meditation
It's necessary for your salvation
No more quick tempered criticisms
No more sulking scorn
No more blaming others

Admit your faults
Use self-restraint
And try to forgive others
Cause they ain't saints

You’re not perfect
You’ll make mistakes
So promptly make an amends
For your own sake
Learn from your mistakes

Reflect daily
For our sobriety
To live serenely
In peace and harmony

For our sobriety
Reflect daily
To live serenely
In peace and harmony
Track Name: Meditate and Pray
Breathe in, breathe out
Better to love, than be loved
Better to forgive, than be forgiven
Breath in, breath out

Mediate, consecrate,
Release your hate, pray today

Believe In, be devout
Better to give
Than be given
Better to listen
Than be heard
Believe In
Be devout

Where there’s hate
Be affectionate
You will benefit
Pray today

Pray today
For knowledge of His will
And the power to fulfill
Pray today
Raising your heart and mind
To all mankind

Mediate, consecrate,
Release your hate, pray today

Breathe in, breathe out
Better to understand, than be understood
Better to comfort, than be comforted
Breathe in, breathe out

Where there’s wrong
Make the right call
Reverse your downfall
Pray today
When there’s hate
Be affectionate
You will benefit
Pray today

Pray today
For knowledge of His will
And the power to fulfill
Pray today
Raising your heart and mind
To all mankind
Track Name: Turn These Steps Into Action
You've come a long way from there
Gripped by addiction so full of despair
Now all you have to do
Is live by the principles you've worked through

Turn these steps into action
A spiritual life gains some traction
We are able to do
Feel, believe and carry through

Doo-wop, doo-wop, yeah
The most important thing that you need to do
Is give freely which has been given to you

Doo-wop, doo-wop, yeah
This kind of giving doesn’t receive award
In a divine paradox we discover our reward

Every setback we meet
Becomes a stepping stone right at our feat
Climb to a better place
Where your woes are surely replaced
No matter what
Life dishes to you
By God's grace you’re gonna make it through
Each dilemma
That you face
Turn it into a demonstration of faith

When feeling helpless help someone
When misunderstood, understand someone
Yeah

Doo-wop, doo-wop, yeah
The most important thing that you need to do
is carry the message to a person like you

Doo-wop, doo-wop, yeah
The most important thing that you need to do
Is give freely which has been given to you

Give back and do some service
Get out and have a purpose
This step is the key
To be joyous, happy and free

Doo-wop, doo-wop, yeah
The most important thing that you need to do
Is carry the message to a person like you

Doo-wop, doo-wop, yeah
The most important thing that you need to do
Is give freely which has been given to you

Doo-wop, doo-wop, yeah
The most important thing that you need to do
Is give freely which has been given to you

Doo-wop, doo-wop, yeah
This kind of giving doesn’t receive award
In a divine paradox we discover our reward