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— Perseverance: Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
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 Perseverance factors into Step 10 for them.
Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. PERSEVERANCE is defined as a continual effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties. That definition certainly speaks to me as I daily take my personal inventory and attempt to make daily amends to individuals whom I had wronged, which is not an easy task. However, in doing so, it helps me to keep my side of the street clean in all of my relationships. This practice of my righting my wrongs on a daily basis, ultimately results in true and lasting change from who I was to whom I want to become. How blessed I am for the EA Program, the 10th Step and this 10th Principle of PERSEVERANCE! - Gus S. - President - EA Board of Trustees
When I persevere in my program, life is less severe. In fact, as I practice balanced perseverance – in following step 10 – I’m diligent in taking inventory of the good things about my life, too. I find that the end of step 10 – “…and when we were wrong promptly admitted it” can easily swallow up potential positive aspects of this step. That is why people like me – who are good at persevering in finding all the things wrong with us and all the things we’ve done wrong – need to also persevere in noting our good qualities. Perseverance in positivity is powerful! - Scott J. - Vice President - EA Board of Trustees
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