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Courage to Change:

When it came time to actively pursue the Eighth Step (“Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all”), I stopped dead in my tracks! I knew of quite a few people I had harmed, but I was absolutely unwilling to even consider making amends to some of them!

My Sponsor suggested I divide my list into three categories: those to whom I was willing to make amends; those to whom I might make amends; and those to whom I would absolutely not ever make amends. When I finished, I started Step Nine by making amends to those on the first list.

The amazing thing was that, as I proceeded, I found some of the names from my “maybe” list shifting to my “willing” list. In time, even some “absolutely not” people appeared on my “maybe” list.
Eventually it became easier to make amends, even to “absolutely not” people. My reward? Some renewed friendships and family ties; more importantly, an ability to face the new day without guilt, because I had owned up to my responsibilities.

Today’s Reminder:

I will not let myself be stopped from taking Step Eight or Step Nine because I can’t do it perfectly overnight. I will let myself be where I am today, and do what I am able to do.

“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as vou do not stop.” – Confucius

From the book “Courage to Change”. Copyright Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. 1992