Step Seven and Humility

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Let us not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness.

Humility is often conflated with humiliation, but they are not the same. Humiliation does sometimes lead to humility, but it is certainly not necessary. Humility occurs when we see the truth of our life and our place in the world. Humility is the art of being “right-sized,” neither too big (self-entitled, grandiose, etc.) nor too small (ashamed, unworthy, defective, etc.) Working step seven is an act toward humility. Often, this is the first time we realize humility is not a groveling despair, but a state of peace, grace, and acceptance of life on life’s terms.

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Consider the ways in which humility leads to serenity.