From the July 2011 magazine.

July 2011: Know Thyself!

True humility comes when he accepts all that he is, good and bad

"Through all the previous Steps, I learned to apply spiritual principles such as self-honesty and self-acceptance in my life. "

By the time I came upon the Seventh Step, I had already discovered many unsuspected defects and assets in my life. The extent that I had gotten to know myself was the extent that I experienced humility. For, as I understand it, humility, as expressed in the Seventh Step, is essentially accepting the truth about me.

Step Seven is not about humiliation, nor is it intended to rob me of my self-confidence, self-worth, or basic humanity. I believe the practice of humility that the Seventh Step calls for can be a source of great benefit. It enables me to let go of self-reliance and helps me to see my life in a balanced, healthy way.

-- Gary T.

Poughkeepsie, New York

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