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: the quality or state of being humble


1 : not proud or haughty : not arrogant or assertive
2 : reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission a humble apology
3 a : ranking low in a hierarchy or scale : INSIGNIFICANT, UNPRETENTIOUS b : not costly or luxurious
a humble contraption
Principle #7-HUMILITY_Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.(**)

1 : a male who has the same parents as another or one parent in common with another

1 : of or relating to brothers
2 : natural or becoming to brothers : AFFECTIONATE brotherly love


1 : a female who has one or both parents in common with another

: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a sister
- sisterly adverb


1 a (1) : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties maternal love for a child (2) : attraction based on sexual desire : affection and tenderness felt by lovers (3) : affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests love for his old schoolmates b : an assurance of love give her my love
2 : warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion love of the sea
3 a : the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration baseball was his first love b (1) : a beloved person : DARLING -- often used as a term of endearment (2) British -- used as an informal term of address
4 a : unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as (1) : the fatherly concern of God for humankind (2) : brotherly concern for others b : a person's adoration of God
5 : a god or personification of love
6 : an amorous episode : LOVE AFFAIR
7 : the sexual embrace : COPULATION
8 : a score of zero (as in tennis)
9 capitalized, Christian Science : GOD
- at love : holding one's opponent scoreless in tennis
- in love : inspired by affection.
Principle #8-BROTHERLY LOVE_Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Now we need more action, without which we find that "Faith without works is dead." Let's look at Steps Eight and Nine. We have a list of all persons we have harmed and to whom we are willing to make amends. We made it when we took inventory.(**)
1 a : the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments b : JUDGE c : the administration of law; especially : the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity
2 a : the quality of being just, impartial, or fair b (1) : the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action (2) : conformity to this principle or ideal : RIGHTEOUSNESS c : the quality of conforming to law
3 : conformity to truth, fact, or reason : CORRECTNESS
Principle #9-JUSTICE_Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Probably there are still some misgivings. As we look over the list of business acquaintances and friends we have hurt, we may feel diffident about going to some of them on a spiritual basis. Let us be reassured. To some people we need not, and probably should not emphasize the spiritual feature on our first approach.(**)

1 a : a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified
b : a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act
2 : reason to expect something little promise of relief; especially : ground for expectation of success, improvement, or excellence shows considerable promise
3 : something that is promised
...The 12 Step Promises...
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.
This thought brings us to Step Ten.(**)

: the action or condition or an instance of persevering : STEADFASTNESS
Principle #10-PERSEVERANCE_Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe an apology? Have we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed with another person at once?
Were we kind and loving toward all...(**)

1 : of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit : INCORPOREAL man's spiritual needs
2 a : of or relating to sacred matters spiritual songs b : ecclesiastical rather than lay or temporal spiritual authority lords spiritual
3 : concerned with religious values
4 : related or joined in spirit our spiritual home his spiritual heir
5 a : of or relating to supernatural beings or phenomena b : of, relating to, or involving spiritualism : SPIRITUALISTIC
Principle #11-SPIRITUAL_Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Step Eleven suggests prayer and meditation. We shouldn't be shy on this matter of prayer. Better men Into Action than we are using it constantly. It works, if we have the proper attitude and work at it. It would be easy to be vague about this matter. Yet, we believe we can make some definite and valuable suggestions.(**)

1 a : the occupation or function of serving in active service b : employment as a servant entered his service
2 a : the work performed by one that serves good service b : HELP, USE, BENEFIT glad to be of service c : contribution to the welfare of others d : disposal for use I'm entirely at your service
3 a : a form followed in worship or in a religious ceremony the burial service b : a meeting for worship -- often used in plural held evening services
4 : the act of serving : as a : a helpful act did him a service b : useful labor that does not produce a tangible commodity -- usually used in plural charge for professional services c : SERVE
Principle #12-SERVICE_Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when other fail. Remember they are very ill.(**)
1 a : something seen in a dream, trance, or ecstasy; especially : a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation b : an object of imagination c : a manifestation to the senses of something immaterial look, not at visions, but at realities -- Edith Wharton
2 a : the act or power of imagination b (1) : mode of seeing or conceiving (2) : unusual discernment or foresight a man of vision c : direct mystical awareness of the supernatural usually in visible form
3 a : the act or power of seeing : SIGHT b : the special sense by which the qualities of an object (as color, luminosity, shape and size) constituting its appearance are perceived and which is mediated by the eye
4 a : something seen b : a lovely or charming sight
...A Vision For You...
Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order.(**)
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