This year we would like to add members' comments to the EA Trustees' thoughts on the monthly reflection. Please consider submitting your own reflection. The order of the Principles and Steps follow the calendar months.
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— Justice: Step 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
In the early 1950’s Twelve Steps groups began informally sharing what has become known as the Principles of the 12 Steps. Each step has a corresponding principle that one can keep in mind when working the steps. Below two of our trustees share how Justice factors into Step 9 for them.
The pursuit of justice means striving to do what is right, fair and proper at all times. Many of us in EA have had real issues of Anger, Resentment and Control for instance. The tools of our program help us realize the pain our behavior, both selfish and destructive, has caused others and ourselves. My working the program has helped me look at many issues in my life and have brought about much peace and serenity, both vital for healthy loving living. At the same time, I can with honesty say that the Promises have become a reality, especially realizing a new freedom and happiness; not regretting the past or wishing to shut the door on it, and realizing that God is doing for me what I could not do for myself. Our program works if we work it, and it won’t if we don’t! so, let’s work it!. - Gus S. - President - EA Board of Trustees
Justice is about having things be “set right” - justified. If something’s wrong (there’s an injustice), I correct it. If there’s something lacking, I satisfy/provide what’s missing – if possible. Justice-work is related to making amends in step 9. I seek justice correctly when, in making amends, if I focus primarily on making amends for my sake, instead of for the sake of the other person. The thing that is wrong or missing is the way I am relating to myself – the guilt, remorse, and
shame. I can correct how I think about myself, when it comes to how I hurt others, by either making amends to them or by making my amends to another person if there’s a reason I am not able to make amends to the person I hurt. Justice is all about me being free from the guilt I feel and then having peace by making amends. - Scott J. - Vice President - EA Board of Trustees
If you would like to submit your reflection for publication consideration, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 15th of the month prior to publication. EA needs member involvement! Please keep your submissions to 100 words.