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Questions to ask yourself while working Step 8



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    Anonymous

    Step Eight ~ Part 2: Questions

    “Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.”

    1. How do I treat people who are anonymous to me, like clerks, wait staff, repair persons, hair dressers, etc. How do I treat children, especially my own (if there are such)? The elderly? Invalids? Fat people? People of other races, religions, nationalities? What does this show about me, about my nature? Do I need to make change in my life in relationship to such people?

    2. How can I make amends to someone whom I don’t know, or who may not be around anymore?

    3. How do I make amends to a company, institution, or such like?

    4. How can I make amends to the two most harmed of all, the least and the greatest: myself and my Higher Power?



    #4197333

    Anonymous

    Step Eight ~ Part 3: Questions

    “Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.”

    1. What do I have to do to become willing?

    2. What internal changes must come about in order for me to be willing?

    3. How do I know when I have truly become willing?



    #4197334

    Anonymous

    Step Eight ~ Part 4

    “Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.”

    Question 1. What amends are obviously straightforward? I broke, I’ll have it fixed. I stole it, I’ll pay for it or return it. I lied, I need to tell the truth.

    Question 2. What amends will be difficult? How might I go about preparing myself for them? How does being willing include being prepared? How can I resolve the issues about possible consequences?

    Question 3: What is my own attitude toward amends? Where is my heart? A child may be forced to tell someone they are sorry, but the apology may not be heartfelt at all. I need to think about my motivations in making amends. True, the program demands it, and I may do it for that reason. But my heart might not really be in it.



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