The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
Step 8 reads: “Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.” Thus, there are two parts to working Step 8: (1) making a list of who we’ve harmed and how we’ve harmed them; and (2) becoming willing to make amends when the time is right. Please note: Step 8 is not where we actually make our amends. That’s Step 9. And we should never embark on Step 9 without first discussing our Step 8 list and readiness with our sponsor, therapist, or spiritual advisor. Jumping the gun and making amends before the time is right often causes problems—problems that require even more amends. So we need to be patient, making our list and discussing it at length before proceeding.
Task for Today
Whatever you are facing or desiring, be willing to wait until the time is right.