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Mending Roots, Building Wings

An old timer recasts Steps Ten and Eleven for a newcomer

Sitting at lunch on a crisp spring day full of flavor and promise, I was taken back by the young man's question. He is a bright guy—just turned 18 with two hard-won years of sobriety behind him. He had stopped drinking and drugging, was working the Steps up to Step 9, and had become very active in service for AA, particularly with young people.

I was showing him a piece I had written about Step 10 and I was saying that it was the most important Step for me on a day-to-day basis. He looked up and asked, "What about Step 11? I think the Eleventh Step in the most important. That is the one I do all the time."

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