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 will be 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.
May: The 12 Principles, Step 5: Integrity
Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
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 members share how integrity factors into Step 5 for them.
INTEGRITY is a “life-word” for me. I’m "in" integrity when my thoughts, words, and actions are lined up/congruent. If I make promises to deliver on something and I fail to deliver, I’m restored to integrity by apologizing, making amends, and making new promises. Then I seek to stay in integrity in that aspect of my life. The 5th principle of EA, integrity, is a gift to me, keeping me on track with my recovery toward healing and wholeness in my life and in my relationships. Through integrity, I emphasize my responsibility to manage my life, with the help from my Higher Power. - Scott J. - Vice President - EA Board of Directors
INTEGRITY – the gift of assuming responsibility for who we were yesterday (the person who no longer exists) – not the individual we are today (a new creation if you wish). Getting to where we are today, took courage (4th step principle) as we looked at our shortcoming and took responsibility for them, and ultimately, sharing them with self, a trusted individual and our Higher Power. This integrity allows us the freedom to become who we are both on the outside and inside of ourselves. What gift this integrity is! - Gus S/ President - EA Board of Directors
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.