Please consider adding your own reflections to the EA Trustees' thoughts on the monthly reflection.The order of the Principles and Steps follow the calendar months. In 2019 we will work our way through the Traditions as they relate to the Steps.
In the early 1950’s Twelve Steps groups began informally sharing what became known as the Principles of the 12 Steps, which is our focus in 2018. Each Step has a corresponding Principle to keep in mind. The Principles are found in the It Works If You Work It book on pages 33-34.
The 12 Principles — Service: Step 12 Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Serving is uplifting. In practicing service, as part of EA’s Step 12 I’m the one that benefits the most in being a trusted servant. The Spiritual Awakening that the Higher Power brought to me is definitely behind the service I do. I’m guided to serve in areas that match my interests and abilities – i.e. leadership, editing, and hospitality. The message of emotional/relationship wellness is definitely one that I’m interested in sharing. As I practice service in all my affairs, I stand ready to speak and act in ways that help attract others to the EA program and to mental well-being. - Scott J. - Vice President - EA Board of Trustees
I love to serve! I was taught early on, that I, a newcomer, could do service at my second meeting. I could greet the newcomer, offer him coffee or tea, show him the literature table and bathrooms, and just make him feel welcome. I could tell the newcomer that she is the most important person in the room. The people before me told me that - and they also said that I and newcomers like me were the lifeblood of the fellowship. I can talk or write about service for hours! - Derita P. - EA Board of Trustees
The Principle of our 12th Step serves as a guide in our service to each other in the EA Program. It allows me to use the gifts and talents that I have been given, freely and without expecting anything in return. The returns, though, are plentiful, especially as I allow my Higher Power to do for me what I am unable to do for myself, e.g letting go of control and simply allowing my HP to serve through me. When doing this I become totally aware that my HP is doing for me what I am unable to do. When I can embrace this Step and Principle, then I can honestly say that I have embraced the EA program and it has become part of my daily life. How blessed I am. - Gus S. - President - EA Board of Trustees
If you would like to submit your reflection for publication consideration, email it to email@example.com by the 15th of the month prior to publication. EA needs member involvement! Please keep your submissions to 100 words.