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Grapevine : September 2011
26 September 2011 IFOUND AA in Sep- tember of 2004, and started taking sugges- tions almost immedi- ately. A er finding a sponsor, I started working the Steps, which I found to be a wonderful, trying process. As I trudged toward the Ninth Step, I realized there would be many amends I'd need to make. ere was a specific amends, however, that was so powerful I'd like to share it ... the amends to my mother. My mother had taken the brunt of the abuse I'd dished out over my years in active alcoholism. Even so, there wasn't another person who believed in me the way she did. She always saw through my actions and hurtful words deep down to my heart, and always believed there was good in me. No matter what I did, what I said, or who I thought I had become, she always had faith in the boy she had given birth to. Naturally, a er working the Steps, I wanted to set right the wrongs I had done. I wanted to become di erent so that I wouldn't break my mother's heart anymore. Around July of 2005, I reached the Ninth Step. With help from my sponsor, we realized the best thing I could do was to become the exact opposite of the person I used to be. In essence, this meant I needed to quit taking from my mother and instead start adding As promised Sometimes the truest amends are made instinctively I kept doing what the program said: Get with God's will and trust, no matter how it turns out. Steps Step Nine: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.