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— Responsibility Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
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.
In Step 8 we made a list of all persons we had harmed and become willing to make amends to them. This implies that we take on the responsibility of cleaning up the mess we’ve made. It’s much like what we did in Step 4: cleaning up our side of the street, not someone else’s. When we honestly begin to take responsibility for our actions, our shortcomings, we gradually see the promises of the program being fulfilled in our lives. Somehow they no longer look as extravagant as we had thought they were. For some, the promises come quickly while for others it might be a slow process, but each of us begins to experience them. What a gift EA has been for me. Thank you Higher Power. ..Gus S Being responsible means I can respond. When I’ve harmed others, I choose - by practicing Step 8 - I prepare to make amends. The challenging thing is that sometimes it’s not my fault, yet I view myself as responsible - able to respond to hurt that they’ve felt through their interaction with me. I may not have intended for the people that I choose to make amends to to be hurt. As a responsible person I make the distinction of this step by getting ready to make amends, responding to their being hurt - whether I am to blame for their hurt or not. - Scott J. - Vice President - EA Board of Trustees
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