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Old 09-01-2013, 11:57 AM   #1
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Default Effort and Risk - Step 9

"Resistance causes pain and lethargy. It is when we practice acceptance that new possibilities appear." Anonymous

We know that Step Nine entails both effort and risk.
Effort is required because we must get into action. We must think about how to approach the person(s) to whom we wish to make amends. It's essential to plan our procedure thoughtfully, for we cannot achieve a satisfactory result with a hit-and-run encounter. For this reason, we need to arrange a place and time where we can honestly face those persons and explain to them what we're trying to do and why.
Step Nine also involves risk because it's conceivable that the hurt or harm we've done the people on our list is so grave that they cannot be forgiving. In fact, they may be downright uncivil to us.
It may feel unproductive to approach someone we suspect will make us feel guiltier than ever. And yet, taking this step offers us an opportunity to really get in touch with our deepest levels of honesty. If we're positive that, at our current stage of recovery, this encounter might work strongly to our disadvantage, then perhaps we can delay it until we feel we've reached a degree of self-acceptance that allows us to be totally candid with everyone.
Remember, we're not expecting a happy ending to all our encounters. But we are anxious to fulfill the task of taking care of our own responsibilites.

-Step by Step
"No matter what you have done up to this moment, you get 24 brand-new hours to spend every single day." --Brian Tracy
AA gives us an opportunity to recreate ourselves, with God's help, one day at a time. --Rufus K.
When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. --Franklin D. Roosevelt
We stay sober and clean together - one day at a time!
God says that each of us is worth loving.
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