Step Eight

Made a list of all people we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

“This is a very large order.”

I stopped smoking today!!! But I’m exhausted and if I go to sleep I won’t smoke!! I hope you’ll give us insights on this step and I will add mine tomorrow!

Thank you Maggie for the honest Reflection!!
Thank you Maggie for the honest Reflection!!
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7 thoughts on “Step Eight

  1. Just let me get something straight, do I ever receive instruction from God as I understand him that is not totally and wholeheartedly good for me as well as everyone else?

    With that question settled:

    My judgment must come from results and as I have practiced the presence of God I began to notice changes in my behavior. I became less agitated in traffic. I endured the petty frustrations of home and office more easily. I became able to listen to others intently, quietly. I became more aware of children. Kindness and consideration has been constantly woven into my attitude. I have experienced the blessedness of forgiveness, both given and received.

    Living one day at a time;
    enjoying one moment at a time;
    accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
    taking, as He did, this sinful world
    as it is, not as I would have it;
    trusting that He will make all things right
    if I surrender to His Will;
    that I may be reasonably happy in this life
    and supremely happy with Him
    forever in the next.

  2. My experience is that Step 8 is not step 9 and that the steps are broken up into small chunks for a reason. I started step 8 worrying about my amends. My sponsor gently brought me back to the list. I had made my list in Step 4 and 5. now all I had to do was become willing.

  3. Top of the morning family,
    Ah yes, the broken pencil(s) and torn papers in hand step. We become willing to make amends to “all”. If not, I’ll still have a lot of people, places, things, and situations to avoid. I’ll still be at the intersection of walk and don’t walk. Willingness to make this list begins to break the cycle of shame and guilt. Fear of people will leave us. And that’s, a wonderful feeling!
    It’s a good day to have a good day.

    Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.
    ~ George Carlin

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