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    Day 10

    Points of View

    “Our repentance is not so much regret for the evil we have done, as a fear of what might happen to us as a result of it.

    Writing our amends as a long, narrative essay on cause and effect won’t necessarily achieve the results we hope to accomplish. Wading through our tendency to be verbose and go into complicated explanations of the how and why of our actions can be a tedious chore for those to whom we send these letters.

    Based on past experience, we believe that when we can be brief and to the point, the recipients of our letters are less suspicious of our intentions than when we get carried away with our rhetoric. Nevertheless, there are times wehn a detailed and explanatory letter is called for. We have to decide for ourselves when this is appropriate.

    There are times, too, when our recollection of a past incident may not agree with the memory of the person with whome we are attempting to set things straight. If the should reply to our letter, and question our version of the event(s), it may well be wiser to accept their perception rather than engage in a debate that might lead to further misunderstandings.

    Our intent is to clear up the wreckage of our past—not to argue that our point of view is correct.

    Today’s Step: I keep my written amends brief, simple, and honest.

    Step by Step. Muriel Zink

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