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August 2013: Under the Banyan Tree

His journey to forgive his mother ended one sunny day as he sipped on pineapple juice

STEP EIGHT: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

When I wrote my first Eighth Step list, I had no trouble putting my mother at the top. In my Fourth Step, I had already itemized what I had stolen from her (money, jewelry, wedding silver). I knew what came next.

Admitting guilt has always been difficult for me. Lying came easily. I think my mother’s legendary temper played a part in this. I grew up with her raging over even minor infractions. Frequently, as she said herself, she would completely come unglued. I... Login to read more
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