From the February 1983 magazine.

When My Ego Becomes My Ego

Steps Three and Eleven

I'VE LEARNED that the better I can "practice these principles" in all my affairs, as the Twelfth Step suggests, the better my life works. To help me extend the program into my everyday life, I use a particular set of prayerful attitudes that incorporate the Third and Eleventh Steps.

Before entering any situation, be it business, social, or otherwise (and especially before one about which I may be a little nervous), I first try to realize that each of the people involved, myself included, has his or her own Higher Power. This is true on a Twelfth Step call or at an AA meeting and is...

-- F. H.

Manhattan, New York