Welcome to the July 2022, Volume 2, Issue 7, newsletter of Jackson County Central Office of A.A. and Josephine County Intergroup of A.A.
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In preparing this edition of the newsletter, I spent a great deal of time thinking about Step 7 – “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings,” and what it truly meant to me. This step builds upon the work I did in Steps 4, 5, and 6. As we all know, these three steps call us to not only acknowledge our shortcomings, admit them to our higher power and another person, but they also prepare us to let them go so that we can live a healthier and more fulfilling life free from the maladjusted behaviors that caused us havoc. I also believe that all these steps prepare us so that we can learn to be of service to others. So, we embark on Step 7 to change our attitudes and move forward in our lives with humility. As in Step Three, we give ourselves over to our higher power and ask him to do what we cannot do on our own—to be made free of our faults, those defects that have harmed us and others.
What is more significant about Step 7 is that not only does it help prepare us for Step 8, in which we make a list of the people we’ve hurt in our life, but the attitude and perspective we learn and develop through Step 7, mainly humility, will help us give up our pride and ego so that we are able to acknowledge the people we’ve harmed and then move towards making amends. So, even though Step 7 appears to be straight-forward upon reading it, we really should take our time when we work on it because it is the foundation for the rest of the twelve steps.
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