Step 12 suggests that we “practice these principles in all our affairs”. What does this mean to you? How do you do it?
- a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning.
The AA 12 principles from the book 12 Steps and 12 Traditions
- HONESTY – Fairness and straight forwardness of conduct: adherence to the facts.
- HOPE – To expect with desire; something on which hopes are centered.
- FAITH – Complete confidence; belief and trust.
- COURAGE – Firmness of mind and will in the face of extreme difficulty; mental or moral strength to withstand fear.
- INTEGRITY – The quality or state of being complete or undivided; soundness.
- WILLINGNESS – Prompt to act or respond; accepted and done of choice or without reluctance.
- HUMILITY – Not proud or haughty; not arrogant or assertive; a clear and concise understanding of what we are, followed by a sincere desire to become what we can be.
- LOVE – Unselfish concern that freely accepts another in loyalty and seeks his good to hold dear.
- DISCIPLINE – Training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character; to bring under control; to train or develop by instruction.
- PATIENCE/PERSEVERANCE – Steadfast despite opposition or adversity; able or willing to bear; to persist in an understanding in spite of counter influences.
- AWARENESS – Alive and alert; vigilance in observing.
- SERVICE – A helpful act; contribution to the welfare of others; useful labor that does not produce a tangible commodity.
- What do you consider to be “these principles”?
- Why is it important to practice them “in all your affairs”?
- What does the word “practice” say to you?
- How have your life and your relationships been changed by practicing this step?
- What tools help you to practice these principles?
- How to carry them “out of the rooms and into traffic.”
- How have you used Al-Anon recovery principles in your life, and how were your actions, feelings, and reactions different?
Readings and Links
We read from How Al-Anon Works Step 12 discussion in Chapter 8.
The reading referred to the book In All Our Affairs.
Elizabeth read from One Day at a Time in Al-Anon, November 4 (p. 309).
Our topic for next week is honesty. what does a lack of honesty with ourselves and others look like and what does the program teach us about the importance of honesty to our recovery?
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