Twelve: Steps Eight & Nine


Many of us grow up blaming our parents, relatives and friends for the turmoil in our lives. We even hold God responsible. In Step 8 we begin the process of releasing the need to blame others for our misfortune and accepting full responsibility for our lives.

Like barnacles on a ship’s hull, our past wrongdoings can prevent us from sailing smoothly to a life filled with peace. Steps 8 and 9 are an invitation to leave behind our isolation and loneliness by embracing the willingness to make amends. As we do, God will provide insight and direction, and help us to overcome our fear and apprehension. The result is peace of mind and freedom as we begin to forgive ourselves and others.

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