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1 obsolete : CHASTITY
2 a : fairness and straightforwardness of conduct
b: adherence to the facts : SINCERITY
Principle #1-HONESTY_Step 1-We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.
We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics.This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed.(**)

1 archaic : TRUST, RELIANCE
2 a : desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment
came in
hopes of seeing you;
also : expectation of fulfillment or success hope of a cure>
b : someone or something on which hopes are centered
our only hope for victory
c : something hoped for.
Principle #2-HOPE_Step 2-Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Lack of power, that was our dilemma. we had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power? Well, that's exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem.(**)

1 a : allegiance to duty or a person : LOYALTY b (1) : fidelity to one's promises (2) : sincerity of intentions
2 a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion
b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust
3 : something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs
synonym see BELIEF
- in faith : without doubt or question : VERILY
Principle #3-FAITH_Step 3-Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Being convinced, we were at Step Three, which is that we decided to turn our will and our life over to God as we understood Him. Just what do we mean by that, and just what do we do?(**)

1 a (1) : an address (as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought prayer for the success of the voyage (2) : a set order of words used in praying b : an earnest request or wish
2 : the act or practice of praying to God or a god prayer
3 : a religious service consisting chiefly of prayers -- often used in plural
4 : something prayed for
5 : a slight chance prayer
Third Step Prayer...
God, I offer myself to Thee -- to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!(**)

synonyms COURAGE, METTLE, SPIRIT, RESOLUTION, TENACITY mean mental or moral strength to resist opposition,
danger, or hardship. COURAGE implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty
the courage to support unpopular causes. METTLE suggests an ingrained capacity for meeting strain or difficulty with fortitude and resilience a challenge that will test your mettle. SPIRIT also suggests a quality of temperament enabling one to hold one's own or keep up one's morale when opposed or threatened her spirit was unbroken by failure. RESOLUTION stresses firm determination to achieve one's ends the resolution of pioneer women>. TENACITY adds to RESOLUTION implications of stubborn persistence and unwillingness to admit defeat tenacity.
Principle #4-COURAGE_Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
This was Step Four. A business which takes no regular inventory usually goes broke. Taking commercial inventory is a fact-finding and a fact-facing process.(**)

1 a : an itemized list of current assets: as (1) : a catalog of the property of an individual or estate (2) : a list of goods on hand b : a survey of natural resources c : a list of traits, preferences, attitudes, interests, or abilities used to evaluate personal characteristics or skills
2 : the quantity of goods or materials on hand : STOCK
3 : the act or process of taking an inventory...
...An inventory that shows how the 12 Steps relate to the 12 Principles...
If the 4th Step inventory is too frightening then this method will work -
First at the very top of your inventory page write these words (I am afraid to write this inventory) and then do one
(1) resentment  a day or one (1) a week, but write out all 12 steps for your one resentment.
There is a written inventory example on one resentment at the enclosed address. All 12 steps were applied.
Also included is the relevant Principle.
Go to this address...

1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : INCORRUPTIBILITY
2 : an unimpaired condition : SOUNDNESS
3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : COMPLETENESS
synonym see HONESTY
Principle #5-INTEGRITY_Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Having made our personal inventory, what shall we do about it? We have been trying to get a new attitude, a new relationship with our Creator, and to discover the obstacles in our path. We have admitted certain defects; we have ascertained in a rough way what the trouble is; we have put our finger on the weak times in our personal inventory.Now these are about to be cast out. This requires action on our part, which, when completed, will mean that we have admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our defects.(**)

1 : inclined or favorably disposed in mind : READY
2 : prompt to act or respond
3 : done, borne, or accepted by choice or without reluctance
4 : of or relating to the will or power of choosing : VOLITIONAL
Principle #6-WILLINGNESS_Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
We thank God from the bottom of our heart that we know Him better. Taking this book down from our shelf we turn to the page which contains the twelve steps. Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have omitted anything, for we are building an arch through which we shall walk a free man at last. Is our work solid so far? Are the stones properly in place? Have we skimped on the cement put into the foundation? Have we tried to make mortar without sand?(**)
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