6 | Step 8
"Humbly asked our Higher Power to remove these liabilities and to
help us to strengthen our assets for recovery."
|A core principle behind the Seventh
Step is taking the actions required to move foreword in our dual
recovery. We ask for and follow the good advice we are given.
IN OUR OWN WORDS: Members
share their thoughts on the Seventh Step
is where the rubber meets the road. We take actions to implement the
changes we need to make. We ask our higher and helping powers for help and
guidance. We continue to ask for help and feedback because it usually
takes a lot of time to make these changes and it's easy to revert back to
our old coping strategies.
was really a turning point for me in my ability to trust my Higher Power
and the Program of recovery. Up till then I was mostly trying to stay
straight and keep my act together one day at a time. All of a sudden I
really wanted to change a lot more... to work at bringing myself into a
more harmonious relationship with the world. To find out what this talk of
serenity was all about.
me, Step Seven involved considerable risk taking. Trying to do new things
in new ways. It took practice to learn to reach out at meetings and
develop new friendships. I took a big risk when I accepted a service
position in my Home Group. It took a lot of faith and help from my Higher
Power to do these things... to not just say no automatically.
Step Seven starts with the word
"Humbly" so we can gather that humility is an important key to
this Step. Humility is just about the exact opposite of humiliation. It is
a sense of our very humanness. A realistic acceptance of our strengths and
weaknesses. We have been developing a more realistic acceptance of
ourselves by working the first six Steps. Here's where I think humility
really pays off. We get better on two levels. One we have a lot of control
over. It's an intellectual choice as to how we behave and react to
situations. We know what's right and we try to do it. But there's a deeper
level of change that we can't really predict just when or how it happens.
That's when we undergo changes on our personality and in our automatic
reactions to what life throws our way. We can take all the Steps and do
our best to use all the tools and assets we have, but those deeper changes
happen in God's own time and manner. So when I say humility, I mean that
we do what we can as best we can and the rest is up to our Higher Power.
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THE SEVENTH STEP OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS* 7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
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