Step Eight

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The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

Step eight reads: Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. There are two parts to working step eight: (1) making a list of who we’ve harmed and how we’ve harmed them, (2) becoming willing to make those amends when the time is right. Step eight is not where we actually make our amends. That’s step nine. And we should never embark on step nine without first discussing our step eight 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.

Just for Today
Whatever you are facing or desiring, be willing to wait until the time is right.