“Every A.A. has found that he can make little headway in this new adventure of living until he first backtracks and really makes an accurate and unsparing survey of the human wreckage he has left in his wake.”
Remember, you have acted with courage working all of your previous steps in AA and staying sober! With Step Eight you have the opportunity to translate your experience of courage into developing a compassionate spirit.
The exact wording of step 8 is:
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
“The readiness to take the full consequences of our past acts, and to take responsibility for the well-being of others at the same time, is the very spirit of Step Nine.”
At this point in our step work, we may be trudging the road to happy destiny, but we’ve reached the point where we must repair what we left behind us on a path of shattered relationships.
Step Nine of AA Alcoholics Anonymous is the perfect time to let go of the horrible way we feel about our past and to repair relationships radically. Living with the leftover guilt and shame from past wrongdoings prevents us from moving forward and puts us at risk of using again!
The exact wording of step 9 is:
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Tonight, we talk about Steps 8 and 9.
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