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Chapter 6 < Chapter 6 > INTO ACTION
Having 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

 


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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 >   


 


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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                                                         
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                                 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                                                    
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          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                                   
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  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      
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                            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.    


 


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       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.                                 


 


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         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 >                                                


 


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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       


 


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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   
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     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      


 


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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                                       
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                             .  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    


 


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                                                 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 >.                                   


 


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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 >     
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                    .  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 >.                                          


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