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Grapevine : July 2011
aagrapevine.org 27 Humility is not about self-judgment or condem- nation, but it does mean knowing, at the core of my being, who I am and owning my strengths and limitations. Humility is about realizing that I have everything I need to stay clean, sober and have a happy life. Humility is also knowing that I don't have to do it alone, that I have a Higher Power and a sup- port system in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous to help me. rough all the previous Steps, I learned to apply spiritual principles such as self-honesty and self-ac- ceptance in my life. And, to the degree that I practiced these spiritual principles, I began to slowly trust myself for the first time. With that self-trust, came the foundation for the humility. rough the Seventh Step, I surrendered to the notion that I was powerless to remove my shortcomings, and to do it, I would need the Twelve Steps, a Higher Power and the Fellowship of Alcohol- ics Anonymous. If I humbly asked, just as I had been willing to "let go" in the Sixth Step, I can try to "let God" in the Seventh. is willingness to let go of my shortcomings is grounded in faith that my Higher Power is present, available and wants to change me for the better. As I continued to work the Seventh Step, I experi- enced a freedom from my defects and shortcomings that felt almost physi- cal. At times, it felt like a thousand-pound weight was being li ed from my shoulders. During prayer,