The Thursday Principle: Humility
The Spiritual Principle Humility
The Spiritual Principle Humility is behind A.A. Step Seven: “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.”
You cannot remove the defects of character brought up in Step Six without humility. Too often, alcoholics are victims of pride and selfishness. During this step, you begin to practice modesty and welcome a change of attitude, which will lead to a happy life.
In Step Seven, we give up self-reliance for reliance on a higher power, whatever that may be to us. We put character-building ahead of comfort. And we also make “honesty, tolerance, and true love of man and God the daily basis of living,” just as we’ve been directed in the 12 & 12.
In Step Seven we accept that the Spiritual Principle Humility is necessary to achieve a sober and fulfilled life. We change our perspective from a self-centered one to a humble, selfless one. The readiness we achieved in Step Six opens us up to the asking.
We at Healing Properties and our adjacent Recovery Boot Camp believe that the Spiritual Principle Humility is absolutely essential for recovery. We can’t see our shortcomings without stripping ourselves of our ego and pride. Furthermore, taking an unfiltered look into ourselves allows us to develop a humble attitude and correct our moral defects.
We also believe that Humility should be our default position in everything we do. Call it our strength. Call it our fortitude. Or call it our guiding light. Whatever the case, humility is our calling. Because without humility, we’ll never beat the disease of addiction.
Got doubts? Then check the definition of humility: “Not proud or haughty; not arrogant or assertive.” More importantly, humility means having “a clear and concise understanding of what we are, followed by a sincere desire to become what we can be.”