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.
June: The 12 Principles, Step 6: Willingness
Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
For me, the principle of Willingness always travels with her two friends: Honesty and Openness. H.O.W. (Honesty, Openness, and Willingness) form the three-part foundation of “how” we move forward in our recovery work in E.A. I have an extremely strong will. Therefore, I must daily distinguish Willingness (with a component and “vibe” of humility) from Willfulness (“my way or the highway”). Ironically, the only “high” way that I can choose to move humbly forward in my search for serenity involves asking my Higher Power to help me trust in my H.P.’s guidance. The question for each moment: will I be willful or willing? - Scott J. - Vice President - EA Board of Trustees
Step Six is about willingness. My old habits were so entrenched. I'm not sure that I would have been willing, if I hadn't reached a bottom. That bottom was a four day coma. Pretty intense. I sure hope others do not need such a low bottom! I advocate for the EA program because of my own experience and for my sister who never found the EA program. - Carol, EA member
So, we’ve entered into, minimally, a 50/50 relationship with our Higher Power, which is certainly better than when we first began the work of Step 6. The more we work Step 6, the more we begin to realize that it’s not always easy to change our habitual attitudes, thoughts and behaviors that cause unnecessary conflict with others, ourselves and perhaps even with our Higher Power. Yet, this 6th principle asks simply that we be willing to be open to learning new and even better ways of doing things, even letting ourselves learn from others. So, how do we know that we’re willing? The simple and straight answer is by doing it!. - Gus S, President, EA Board of Trustees
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