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.
The 12 Principles—Step 7: Humility Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings
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 Humility factors into Step 7 for them.
HUMILITY: (N) A disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride. As I’ve come to know the 12 Steps of EA, I’ve learned that the first six steps were all about developing a more realistic acceptance of myself; a more realistic acceptance of my strengths and yes, my weaknesses. And it was in working these steps that I learned about HUMILITY. I was put dead smack in the midst of my humanness. I could no longer live solely in my head. I had to go to my heart as well. In doing so, change was able to happen...my doing what I could and allowing my HP to do the rest. This took humility. Thank you, HP!- Gus S, President, EA Board of Trustees
My humility involves an honest assessment of who I am. Step 7 involves my Higher Power removing my short-comings discovered in my inventory. What my H.P. doesn’t have to remove are things that I am glad are in my life. Healthy hu- mility means I rejoice in all the good things present in my life. I feel good about me being me. Following Step 7 means I can be even more delighted in who I am – because my H.P. is actively helping me to be an even better version of my- self than I have been up to this point in time. - Scott J. - Vice President - EA Board of Trustees
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