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From the July 2018 magazine.

Speaking of humility

What? After weeks of research and rehearsal for his big talk about Step Seven they chose a different speaker?

Last November, I volunteered to speak at a topic meeting. This would be my first speaker meeting at this group, and it would be on the Friday after Thanksgiving. I decided to speak on the topic of humility since the words “humble” and “humility” show up so often in the Big Book.

I devoted weeks to research and I learned some interesting things. The word “humility” comes from Latin, meaning “of the earth, not the heavens.” Additionally, it has been argued that the Twelve Steps have their basis in humility. Further, many religions hold that humility is essential for beginning a spiritual path. Some sources even argue that humility is the one condition to receiving divine grace.

-- John P.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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