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Chapter 6 < Chapter 6 > INTO ACTIONHaving made your < HAVING MADE our > personal inventory, what shall you You < we > do about it? < We > have been trying to get a new your attitude, a new relationship with < our > Creator, and your You to discover the obstacles in < our > path. < We > have you admitted certain defects; < we > have ascertained in a rough you your way what the trouble is; < we > have put < our > finger on your the weak items in < our > personal inventory. Now these are case your about to be < cast > out. This requires action on < our > you part, which, when completed, will mean that < we > have yourself admitted to God, to < ourselves >, and to another human your being, the exact nature of < our > defects. This brings the fifth step Program of Recovery us to < the Fifth Step > in the < program of recovery > mentioned in the preceding chapter. This is perhaps difficult – especially discussing your You < our > defects with another person. < We > think you < we > have done well enough in admitting these things yourself, perhaps. We to < ourselves. There is > doubt < about > that. In actual practice, we usually find a solitary self-appraisal We strenuously urge you insufficient. < Many of us thought it necessary > to But you go much further. < We > will be more reconciled to yourself if we offer discussing < ourselves > with another person < when we see > you good reasons why < we > should do so. The best reason if you you first: < If we > skip this vital step, < we > may not overcome drinking. Time after time newcomers have tried to keep to themselves certain facts about their lives. Trying to avoid this humbling experience, they have turned to easier methods. Almost
73 invariably they got drunk. Having persevered with the rest of the program, they wondered why they fell. < We think > The answer < the reason > is that they never completed their house- cleaning. They took inventory all right, but hung on to thought some of the worst items in stock. They only < thought > thought they had lost their egoism and fear; they only < thought > they had humbled themselves. But they had not learned enough of humility, fearlessness and honesty, in the sense all we find it necessary, until they told someone else < all > their life story. More than most people, the alcoholic leads a double life. He is very much the actor. To the outer world he presents his stage character. This is the one he likes his fellows to see. He wants to enjoy a certain reputation, but knows in his heart he doesn't deserve it. The inconsistency is made worse by the things he does on his sprees. Coming to his senses, he is revolted at certain episodes he vaguely remembers. These memories are a nightmare. He trembles to think someone might have observed him. As fast as he can, he pushes these memories far inside himself. He hopes they will never see the light of day. He is under constant fear and tension – that makes for more drinking. Psychologists < are inclined to > agree with us. Members of our group < We > have spent thousands of dollars by psychologists and psychiatrists for examinations < >. We know but few instances where we have given these doctors a fair break. We have seldom told them the whole truth < nor have we followed their advice >. Unwilling to be honest with these sympathetic men, we were honest with no one else. Small wonder < many in > the medical profession has < have > a low opinion of alcoholics and their chance for recovery! You you < We > must be entirely honest with somebody if < we >
74 expect to live long or happily in this world. Rightly and you are going to you naturally, < we > think well before < we > choose the person or persons with whom to take this intimate If you belong and confidential step. < Those of us belonging > to a reli- , you gious denomination which requires confession < > must, and of course, will want to go to the properly appointed you authority whose duty it is to receive it. Though < we > you have no religious connection, < we > may still do well to talk with someone ordained by an established religion. You will < We > often find such a person quick to see and under- your stand < our > problem. Of course, we sometimes encounter ministers < people > who do not understand alcoholics. you If < we > cannot or would rather not do this, your < we > search < our > acquaintance for a close-mouthed, your your understanding friend. Perhaps < our > doctor or < > your psychologist will be the person. It may be one of < our > you should not own family, but < we cannot > disclose anything to your wife your < our wives > or < our > parents which will hurt them and You your make them unhappy. < We > have no right to save < our > your own skin at another person's expense. Such parts of < our > you should story < we > tell to someone who will understand, you yet be unaffected. The rule is < we > must be hard on yourself < ourself >, but always considerate of others. Notwithstanding the great necessity for discussing yourself that you are < ourselves > with someone, it may be < one is > so situated that there is no suitable person available. If you postpone this step that is so, < this step > may < be postponed >, only, you yourself however, if < we > hold < ourselves > in complete readiness to go through with it at the first opportunity. We say this you because we are very anxious that < we > talk to the right person. It is important that he be able to keep a confidence; that he fully understand and approve what you < we > are driving at;
75 your that he will not try to change < our > plan. But don't < we must not > use this as a mere excuse to postpone. you your When < we > decide who is to hear < our > story, Have . < we > waste no time. < We have > a written inventory < > Be Explain < and we are > prepared for a long talk. < We explain > your you , to < our > partner what < we > are about to do < > and you you why < we > have to do it. He should realize that < we > are engaged upon a life-and-death errand. Most people approached in this way will be glad to help; they will your be honored by < our > confidence. Pocket your ! Illuminate < We pocket our > pride and go to it < , illuminating > every twist of character, every dark cranny of the past. you Once < we > have taken this step, withholding nothing, you will be You < we are > delighted. < We > can look the world in You the eye. < We > can be alone at perfect peace and ease. Your will you. You will < Our > fears < > fall from < us. We > begin your You to feel the nearness of < our > Creator. < We > may have you will had certain spiritual beliefs, but now < we > begin to have a spiritual experience. The feeling that the drink problem has disappeared will < often > come strongly. You will know you < We feel we > are on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe. Return and you < Returning > home < we > find a place where < we > can . Carefully review you be quiet for an hour < , carefully reviewing > what < we > Thank your have done. < We thank > God from the bottom of < our > you Take heart that < we > know Him better. < Taking > this book your and down from < our > shelf < we > turn to the page which read contains the twelve steps. Carefully < reading > the first and you five proposals < we > ask if < we > have omitted anything, you you will for < we > are building an arch through which < we shall > your part of the walk a free man at last. Is < our > work solid you so far? Are the stones properly in place? Have < we > you have skimped on the cement < > put into the foundation? you Have < we > tried to make mortar without sand?
76 you your If < we > can answer to < our > satisfaction, step six < we then > look at < Step Six >. We have emphasized you willingness as being indispensable. Are < we > now perfectly willing you < ready > to let God remove from < us > all you the things which < we > have admitted are objectionable? you yet Can He now take them all – every one? If < we still > you cling to something < we > will not let go, < we > ask you God to help < us > be willing. you are When < > ready, < we > say something like this: "My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as You I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen." < We > step seven have then completed < Step Seven >. you you will Now < we > need more action, without which < we > Look find that "Faith without works is dead." < Let's look > at steps eight and nine. You < Steps Eight and Nine. We > have a list of all persons you you < we > have harmed and to whom < we > are willing to make complete You you < > amends. < We > made it when < we > took inven- You yourself tory. < We > subjected < ourselves > to a drastic self- you are to your appraisal. Now < we > go out to < our > fellows and you did You are repair the damage < done > in the past. < We attempt > to your sweep away the debris which has accumulated out of < our > yourself effort to live on self-will and run the show < ourselves >. you If < we > haven't the will to do this, < we > ask until it you you comes. Remember < it was > agreed at the beginning < we > would go to any lengths for victory over alcohol. < would go to any lengths for victory over alcohol. > You probably have < Probably there are > still < > some misgivings. We can help you dispel them. you < > As < we > look over the you list of business acquaintances and friends < we > have hurt, you will < we may > feel diffident about going to some of them on a reassure you spiritual basis. Let us < be reassured >. To some people you < we > need not, and probably should not emphasize the your spiritual feature on < our > first approach.
77 You you < We > might prejudice them. At the moment < we > are try- your own life ing to put < our lives > in order. But this is not an Your yourself end in itself. < Our > real purpose is to fit < ourselves > to be of maximum service to God and the people about you < us >. It is seldom wise to approach an individual, who your still smarts from < our > injustice to him, and announce you given your life to God that < we > have < gone religious >. In the prize ring, this would be called leading with the chin. Why lay yourself a fanatic a < ourselves > open to being branded < fanatics > or < > bore? You religious < bores? We > may kill a future opportunity to he carry a beneficial message. But < our man > is sure to be impressed with a sincere desire to set right the wrong. He your is going to be more interested in < a > demonstration of your good will than in < our > talk of spiritual discoveries. Don't advice < We don't > use this < > as an excuse for shying away from the subject of God. When it will serve any good you should be your purpose, < we are > willing to announce < our > con- victions with tact and common sense. The question of how you have to approach the man < we > hated will arise. It may be you you dome he has done < us > more harm than < we > have < done > him you and, though < we > may have acquired a better attitude toward you your him, < we > are still not too keen about admitting < our > you faults. Nevertheless, with a person < we > dislike, we advise you to your He is an < > take the bit in < our > teeth. < > ideal subject upon which to practice your new principles. < > Remember that he, like yourself, is spiritually sick. < > < It is harder to go to an enemy than to a friend, but we > Go < find it much more beneficial to us. We go > to him in . Be sure to confess your a helpful and forgiving spirit < , confessing our > express your of it former ill feeling and < expressing our > regret < >. should you Under no condition < do we > criticize such a person be drawn into an argument with him or < argue >. Simply < we > tell you realize you him that < we > will never get over drinking you your until < we > have done < our > utmost to straighten out the You your past. < We > are there to sweep off < our > side of the street, realizing that nothing worth while
78 you . Never try can be accomplished until < we > do so < , never trying > to tell him what he should do. < His faults are not > Don't discuss his faults. Stick to your < discussed. We stick to our > own. your you If < our > manner is calm, frank, and open, < we > will be gratified with the result. In nine cases out of ten the unexpected happens. you Sometimes the man < we > are calling upon admits his own ; fault < , > so feuds of years' standing melt away in an will you hour. Rarely < do we > fail to make satisfactory pro- Your will gress. < Our > former enemies < > sometimes praise you you what < we > are doing and wish < us > well. Occasionally, cancel a debt, or otherwise they will < > offer assistance. you It should not matter, however, if someone does throw < us > You your out of his office. < We > have made < our > demonstration, your done < our > part. It's water over the dam. Do Most alcoholics owe money. < We do > not dodge your Tell you < our > creditors. < Telling > them what < we > are try- . Make your ing to do < , we make > no bones about < our > drinking; you they usually know it anyway, whether < we > think so or Never be your not. < Nor are we > afraid of disclosing < our > alcoholism you on the theory it may cause < > financial harm. Approached in this way, the most ruthless creditor will sometimes sur- you. Arrange you and prise < us. Arranging > the best deal < we > can < we > let you your these people know < we > are sorry < . Our > drinking has you You your made < us > slow to pay. < We > must lose < our > fear of you you creditors no matter how far < we > have to go, for < we > you are liable to drink if < we > are afraid to face them. you Perhaps < we > have committed a criminal offense you which might land < us > in jail if < it were > known to the You your authorities. < We > may be short in < our > accounts and can't You < unable to > make good. < We > have already admitted this you you in confidence to another person, but < we > are sure < we > your would be imprisoned or lose < our > job if it were known. your Maybe it's only a petty offense such as padding < the > expense account. Most of us have done that sort of thing.
79 you have your wife. You Maybe < we are > divorced < , and > have remarried but haven't kept up the alimony to number one. She is in- your dignant about it, and has a warrant out for < our > arrest. That's a common form of trouble too. Although these reparations take innumerable forms, there are some general principles which we find guiding. Remind yourself you < Reminding ourselves > that < we > have decided to go to . Ask any lengths to find a spiritual experience < , we ask > that you the < we > be given < > strength and direction to do the right consequence to you thing, no matter what the personal < consequences may be >. You your , < We > may lose < our > position or reputation < > or face you You You jail, but < we > are willing. < We > have to be. < We > must not shrink at anything. Usually, however, other people are involved. There- you fore, < we > are not to be the hasty and foolish martyr who would needlessly sacrifice others to save himself from the alcoholic pit. A man we know had remarried. Because of resentment and drinking, he had not paid alimony to his first wife. She was furious. She went to court and got an order for his arrest. He had commenced our way of life, had secured a position, and was getting his head above water. It would have been impressive heroics if he had walked up to the Judge and said, "Here I am." We thought he ought to be willing to do that if neces- , sary, but if he were in jail < > he could provide nothing for either family. We suggested he write his first wife admitting his faults and asking forgiveness. He did, and also sent a small amount of money. He told her what he would try to do in the future. He said he was perfectly willing to go to jail if she insisted. Of course she did not, and the whole situation has long since been adjusted.
80 If is going to < Before > taking drastic action < which might > , they should be consulted implicate other people < we secure their consent >. Use every means to avoid wide-spread damage. You cannot < > shrink, however, from the final step if that is clearly < > indicated. , after seeking advice, consulting < > If < we have obtained permission, have > involved, and asking < consulted with > others < , asked > God to guide you, there appears no other just honorable < help > and < > solution than most one, you < > the < > drastic < step is indicated we > take your medicine. Trust that the eventual outcome must < not shrink. > will be right. < > This brings to mind a story about one of our friends. While drinking, he accepted a sum of money from a bitterly- hated business rival, giving him no receipt for it. He sub- taken sequently denied having < received > the money and used the incident as a basis for discrediting the man. He thus used his own wrong-doing as a means of destroying the reputation of another. In fact, his rival was ruined. He felt < that > he had done a wrong he could not possibly make right. If he opened the old affair, he sure was < afraid > it would destroy the reputation of his own partner, disgrace his family and take away his < > livelhood means of < livelihood >. What right had he to involve those dependent upon him? How could he possibly make a public statement exonerating his rival? He finally < After consulting with his wife and partner he > came to the conclusion that it was better to take those risks than to stand before his Creator guilty of such ruinous slander. He saw that he had to place the outcome in God's hands or he would soon start drinking again, and all would lose be < lost > anyhow. He attended church for the first time in many years. After the sermon, he quietly got up and made an explanation. His action met widespread approval, and today he is one of the most trusted citizens of his town. three This all happened < > years ago. you serious The chances are that < we > have < > domestic You are perhaps troubles. < Perhaps we are > mixed up with women in a you fashion < we >
81 wouldn't care to have advertised. We doubt if, in this respect, alcoholics are fundamentally much worse than other people. But drinking does complicate sex relations in the home. After a few years with an alcoholic, a wife gets worn , out, resentful < > and uncommunicative. How could she be anything else? The husband begins to feel lonely, sorry for himself. He commences to look around in the night clubs, or their equivalent, for something besides You may be liquor. < Perhaps he is > having a secret and exciting me affair with "the girl who understands < >." In fairness you we must say that she may understand, but what are < we > going to do about a thing like that? A man so involved often feels very remorseful at times, especially if he is married to a loyal and courageous girl who has literally gone through hell for him. you Whatever the situation, < we > usually have to do some- you your thing about it. If < we > are sure < our > wife does not you know, should < we > tell her? Not always, we think. If she you knows in a general way that < we > have been wild, should you you < we > tell her in detail? Undoubtedly < we > should admit your Your wife < our > fault. < She > may insist on knowing all the particulars. She will want to know who the woman is and you where she is. We feel < we > ought to say to her that you You < we > have no right to involve another person. < We > are you , sorry for what < we > have done < > and < , > God willing, you it shall not be repeated. More than that < we > cannot do; you < we > have no right to go further. Though there may be justifiable exceptions, and though we wish to lay down no rule of any sort, we have often found this the best course to take. Our design for living is not a one-way street. It is you as good for the wife as for the husband. If < we > can
82 forget, so can she. It is better, however, that you do needless < one does > not < needlessly > name a person upon her natural whom she can vent < > jealousy. There < Perhaps there > are some cases where the utmost Perhaps yours is one of them. frankness is demanded. < > No outsider can appraise such an intimate situation. you will It may be < that > both will decide that the way of good sense and loving kindness is to let by-gones be by-gones. of you Each < > might pray about it, having the other one's happiness uppermost in mind. Keep it always in sight that you deal < we are dealing > with that most terrible human emotion – you and your jealousy. Good generalship may decide that < > wife attack , < > the problem < be attacked > on the flank < > You have to rather than risk < a > face-to-face combat. < > decide about that alone with your Creator. < > Should you < If we > have no such complication, there is plenty you < we > should do at home. Sometimes we hear an alcoholic say that the only thing he needs to do is to keep sober. needs to Certainly he < must > keep sober, for there will be no home if he doesn't. But he is yet a long way from making good to the wife or parents whom for years he has so shockingly treated. Passing all understanding is the patience mothers and wives have had with alcoholics. Had this not been so, many of us would have no homes today, would perhaps be dead. The alcoholic is like a tornado roaring his way through the lives of others. Hearts are broken. Sweet relationships are dead. Affections have been uprooted. Selfish and incon- siderate habits have kept the home in turmoil. We feel a man is unthinking when he says that sobriety is enough. He is like the farmer who came up out of his cyclone cellar to find his home ruined. To his wife, he remarked, "Don't see any- thing the matter here, Ma. Ain't it grand the wind stopped blowin'?"
83 Yes, there is a long period of reconstruction ahead. You < We > must take the lead. A remorseful mumbling that you You < we > are sorry won't fill the bill at all. < We > ought your your to sit down with < the > family and frankly analyze < the > you past as < we > now see it, being very careful not to criti- Never mind their . They cize them. < Their > defects < > may be your glaring, but the chances are that < our > own actions are partly responsible. So < we > clean house with the your family, asking each morning in meditation that < our > you Creator show < us > the way of patience, tolerance, kindliness and love. You have to The spiritual life is not a theory. < We have to > live it your < live it >. Unless < one's > family expresses a desire to , however, you live upon spiritual principles < > we think < we > leave alone. You ought < not > to < urge > them < . We > should not talk to them incessantly < to them > about spiritual matters < >. Your practice They will change in time. < Our behavior > will convince your Remember them more than < our > words. < We must remember > that ten or twenty years of drunkenness would make a skeptic out of anyone. you There may be some wrongs < we > can never fully right. Don't you < We don't > worry about them if < we > can honestly say to yourself you you < ourselves > that < we > would right them if < we > could. you see Some people < > cannot < be seen > – < we > send them an honest letter. And there may be a valid reason for post- ponement in some cases. But < we > don't delay if it can Be and be avoided. < We should be > sensible, tactful, < > con- . Be siderate < and > humble without being servile or scraping. one of you are to your As < > God's people < we > stand on < our own > on your belly feet; < we > don't crawl < > before anyone. you your If < we > are painstaking about this phase of < our > you you development, < we > will be amazed before < we > are half You < way > through. < We > are going to know a new freedom and You < a new > happiness. < We > will not regret the past nor You wish to shut the door on it. < We > will comprehend the
84 word serenity and < we will > know peace. No matter how far you you your down the scale < we > have gone, < we > will see how < our > experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness You and self-pity will disappear. < We > will lose interest in your selfish things and gain interest in < our > fellows. Self- Your seeking will slip away. < Our > whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic in- you. You security will leave < us. We > will intuitively know how to you. You handle situations which used to baffle < us. We > will sud- you you denly realize that God is doing for < us > what < we > could yourself not do for < ourselves >. You say are . < Are > these < > extravagant promises < ? > They are < We think > not. They are being fulfilled among us – sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will < always > you materialize if < we > work for them. step ten This thought brings us to < Step Ten >, which suggests you < we > continue to take personal inventory and continue to right you set < right > any new mistakes < > as < we > go along. You life you < We > vigorously commenced this way of < living > as < we > your You cleaned up < the > past. < We > have entered the world of Your < the > Spirit. < Our > next function is to grow in under- standing and effectiveness. This is not an overnight your life time matter. It should continue for < our lifetime >. Continue yourself to watch < > for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these crop up, < we > ask God at once to Discuss remove them. < We discuss > them with someone immediately . Make you < and make > amends quickly if < we > have harmed anyone. your Then < we > resolutely turn < our > thoughts to someone you your < we > can help. Love and tolerance of others is < our > code. you And < we > have ceased fighting anything or anyone – your even alcohol. For by this time < > sanity will have You returned. < We > will seldom be interested in liquor. you will you would If tempted, < we > recoil from it as < > from You will a hot flame. < We >
85 . You react sanely and normally < , and we > will find that this You your has happened automatically. < We > will see that < our > you new attitude toward liquor has been given < us > without your any thought or effort on < our > part. It just comes! You That is the miracle of it. < We > are not fighting it, you You neither are < we > avoiding temptation. < We > feel as you though < we > had been placed in a position of neutrality . You feel You < – > safe and protected. < We > have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does you. You , not exist for < us. We > are neither cocky < > nor are you < we > afraid. That is our experience. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition. It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of your You action and rest on < our > laurels. < We > are headed you for trouble if < we > do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve < contingent on the maintenance of our > you < spiritual condition >. Every day is a day when < we > have to < must > carry the vision of God's will into all of your < our > activities. "How can I best serve Thee – Thy will (not mine) be done." These are thoughts which you You must go with < us > constantly. < We > can exercise your you < our > will power along this line all < we > wish. It is the proper use of the will. Much has already been said about receiving strength, inspiration, and direction from Him who has all knowledge you and power. If < we > have carefully followed directions, you < we > have begun to sense the flow of His Spirit into you you < us >. To some extent < we > have become God-conscious. You < We > have begun to develop this vital sixth sense. But you < we > must go further and that means more action. Step eleven < Step Eleven > suggests prayer and meditation. < We > Don't by < shouldn't be > shy on this matter of prayer. Better men
86 you than we are using it constantly. It works, if < we > have the proper attitude and work at it. It would be easy to be give you vague about this matter. Yet, we believe we can < make > some definite and valuable suggestions. you awake tomorrow morning, look back over When < we retire at night, we constructively review > the before you < our > day < >. Were < we > resentful, selfish, , you dishonest < > or afraid? Do < we > owe an apology? Have you yourself < we > kept something to < ourselves > which should be you discussed with another person at once? Were < we > kind you and loving toward all? What could < we > have done you yourself better? Were < we > thinking of < ourselves > most of the you you time? Or were < we > thinking of what < we > could do for you others, of what < we > could pack into the stream of life? < But we must be careful not to drift into worry, remorse > < or morbid reflection, for that would diminish our use- > you have faced yesterday, < fulness to others. > After < making our review we > for any wrong. Ask to be shown ask God's forgiveness < and inquire > to do. Thus you keep clean as you live each day. what < corrective measures should be taken. > Next, < On awakening let us > think about the twenty-four Consider your hours ahead. < We consider our > plans for the day. Before you guide your < we > begin, < we > ask God to < direct our > thinking . Especially ask < , especially asking > that it be divorced from self-pity, Then go ahead and use dishonest or self-seeking motives. < Under these condi- > your common sense. There is nothing hard or mysterious < tions we can employ our mental faculties with assurance, > about this. Clear < for after all > God gave < us > brains to use. < > your thinking of wrong motives. Your < Our > thought-life will be placed on a much higher plane < when our thinking is > < cleared of wrong motives >. through your you In thinking < about our > day < we > may face inde- You cision. < We > may not be able to determine which course you to take. Here < we > ask God for inspiration, an intuitive Relax thought or a decision. < We relax > and take it easy. Don't Ask God's help. You will be < We don't > struggle. < We are often > you surprised how the right answers come after < we > have practiced a few days < tried this for a while >.
87 What used to be the hunch or the occasional inspiration your < gradually > becomes a working part of < the > mind. Being making your still inexperienced and < having > just < made conscious > you contact with God, it is not probable that < we > are going divinely the time. That to be < > inspired < at > all < times. > would be a large piece of conceit, for which you < We > might pay < for this presumption > in all sorts of absurd actions and you will your ideas. Nevertheless < , we > find that < our > thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of . You will inspiration < and guidance. We > come to rely upon it. This is not wierd or silly. Most psychologists pronounce < > these methods sound. < > You might < We usually > conclude the period of meditation with you a prayer that < we > be shown all through the day what your He give you < our > next step is to be, that < we be given > whatever you every situation. Ask < we > need to take care of < such problems. We ask > . Be especially for freedom from self-will < , and are > careful yourself You to make no request for < ourselves > only. < We > may ask yourself for < ourselves >, however, if others will be helped. Never your < We are careful never to > pray for < our > own selfish People waste ends. < Many of us have wasted > a lot of time doing that , < > and it doesn't work. You can easily see why. curcumstances your wife If < circumstances > warrant, < we > ask < our wives > or a friend you you < friends > to join < us > in morning meditation. If < we > belong to a religious denomination which requires a definite be sure to morning devotion, < we > attend to that also. If you are a member of a body, you < > not < members of > religious < bodies, we > might < sometimes > select and memorize a few set prayers which emphasize the principles we have been discussing. There If you do not know of any, are many helpful books also. < Suggestions about these > ask your < may be obtained from one's > priest, minister, or rabbi , for suggestions < >. Be quick to see where religious people are right. Make use of what they offer. you , As < we > go through the day < we > pause < , > when . Be still agitated or doubtful < , > and ask for the right It will come. Remind yourself you thought or action. < We constantly remind ourselves we > are no longer
88 . Humbly say to yourself running the show < , humbly saying to ourselves > many times You will be each day "Thy will be done." < We are then > in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or You will foolish decisions. < We > become much more efficient. You will you will be < We do > not tire < so > easily, for < we are > not < > you burning up energy foolishly as < we > did when < we were > yourself trying to arrange life to suit < ourselves >. Try it. It works – it really does. < > undisiplined We alcoholics are < undisciplined >. So < we > let God you discipline < us > in the simple way we have just outlined. But this is not all. There is action and more action. What works? We shall "Faith without works is dead." < > treat them in the which < The > next chapter < > is entirely devoted step twelve to < Step Twelve >.