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From the books  ...  Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (12 & 12)


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1.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... humility.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.566  
It reminds us that we are to place principles before personalities; that we are actually to practice a genuine humility.


2.
View APPENDIX V, The Religious View on AA   ... humility.   BB Appendix V, The Religious View on A.A., p.572  
Edward Dowling, S.J.,(*) of the Queen's Work staff, says, "Alcoholics Anonymous is natural; it is natural at the point where nature comes closest to the supernatural, namely in humiliations and in consequent humility.


3.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... humility.   12&12 Step Four, p.45  
Here, of course, we have lost all perspective, and therefore all genuine humility.


4.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... humility.   12&12 Step Four, p.48  
For we had started to get perspective on ourselves, which is another way of saying that we were gaining in humility.


5.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... humility.   12&12 Step Five, p.58  
But while this was a humiliating experience, it didn't necessarily mean that we had yet acquired much actual humility.


6.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... humility.   12&12 Step Five, p.59  
Only by discussing ourselves, holding back nothing, only by being willing to take advice and accept direction could we set foot on the road to straight thinking, solid honesty, and genuine humility.


7.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility.   12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
In all these strivings, so many of them well-intentioned, our crippling handicap had been our lack of humility.


8.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility.   12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
It was only by repeated humiliations that we were forced to learn something about humility.


9.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility.   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
We saw we needn't always be bludgeoned and beaten into humility.


10.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility.   12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
The whole emphasis of Step Seven is on humility.


11.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... humility.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
Even the chief architect, standing in the ruins of his dream, could laugh at himself -- and that is the very acme of humility.


12.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... humility.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
I'll bet, too, that you could give me a letter-perfect definition of humility.


13.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... humility.   12&12 Tradition Twelve (Long), p.192  
It reminds us that we are to place principles before personalities; that we are actually to practice a genuine humility.


14.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility, a desire to seek and do ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
That basic ingredient of all humility, a desire to seek and do God's will, was missing.


15.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... humility -- a word often misunderstood.   12&12 Step Five, p.58  
Another great dividend we may expect from confiding our defects to another human being is humility -- a word often misunderstood.


16.
View STEP TWO essay   ... humility and an open mind can lead ...   12&12 Step Two, p.33  
True humility and an open mind can lead us to faith, and every A.A. meeting is an assurance that God will restore us to sanity if we rightly relate ourselves to Him.


17.
View STEP TWO essay   ... humility and intellect could be compatible, provided ...   12&12 Step Two, p.30  
By their example they showed us that humility and intellect could be compatible, provided we placed humility first.


18.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... humility and serenity are so combined, something ...   12&12 Step Five, p.62  
And when humility and serenity are so combined, something else of great moment is apt to occur.


19.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility as a desirable personal virtue, but ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
We may still have no very high opinion of humility as a desirable personal virtue, but we do recognize it as a necessary aid to our survival.


20.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility as a necessity.   12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
So it is that we first see humility as a necessity.


21.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility as a way of life.   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Many people haven't even a nodding acquaintance with humility as a way of life.


22.
View STEP SEVEN essay   Humility, as a word and as an ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Humility, as a word and as an ideal, has a very bad time of it in our world.


23.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility as our guide, to move out ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
The Seventh Step is where we make the change in our attitude which permits us, with humility as our guide, to move out from ourselves toward others and toward God.


24.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility as something more than a condition ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
It was only at the end of a long road, marked by successive defeats and humiliations, and the final crushing of our self-sufficiency, that we began to feel humility as something more than a condition of groveling despair.


25.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility as something to be desired for ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time.


26.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility as something we really wanted, rather ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
A great turning point in our lives came when we sought for humility as something we really wanted, rather than as something we must have.


27.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility as the avenue to true freedom ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time.


28.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... humility at work.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
These experiences taught us that anonymity is real humility at work.


29.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility commences to have a wider meaning.   12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
But when we have taken a square look at some of these defects, have discussed them with another, and have become willing to have them removed, our thinking about humility commences to have a wider meaning.


30.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility could enable us to find the ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
If that degree of humility could enable us to find the grace by which such a deadly obsession could be banished, then there must be hope of the same result respecting any other problem we could possibly have.


31.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... humility, expressed by anonymity, is the greatest ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
We are sure that humility, expressed by anonymity, is the greatest safeguard that Alcoholics Anonymous can ever have.


32.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... humility, fearlessness and honesty, in the sense ...   BB Into Action, p.73  
But they had not learned enough of humility, fearlessness and honesty, in the sense we find it necessary, until they told someone else all their life story.


33.
View STEP TWO essay   ... humility first.   12&12 Step Two, p.30  
By their example they showed us that humility and intellect could be compatible, provided we placed humility first.


34.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility had brought strength out of weakness.   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
We heard story after story of how humility had brought strength out of weakness.


35.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility had formerly stood for a forced ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
Where humility had formerly stood for a forced feeding on humble pie, it now begins to mean the nourishing ingredient which can give us serenity.


36.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility in seeking the removal of our ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
It is really saying to us that we now ought to be willing to try humility in seeking the removal of our other shortcomings just as we did when we admitted that we were powerless over alcohol, and came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.


37.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility into priceless assets.   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
Everywhere we saw failure and misery transformed by humility into priceless assets.


38.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility is and what the practice of ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Since this Step so specifically concerns itself with humility, we should pause here to consider what humility is and what the practice of it can mean to us.


39.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility is the foundation principle of each ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Indeed, the attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of each of A.A.'s Twelve Steps.


40.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility more than ever.   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
We began to fear pain less, and desire humility more than ever.


41.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... humility must consist of recognizing our deficiencies.   12&12 Step Five, p.58  
Therefore, our first practical move toward humility must consist of recognizing our deficiencies.


42.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all.


43.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility starts another revolutionary change in our ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
This improved perception of humility starts another revolutionary change in our outlook.


44.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... humility that makes it possible for us ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
It is a step in the development of that kind of humility that makes it possible for us to receive God's help.


45.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility, the most profound result of all ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
During this process of learning more about humility, the most profound result of all was the change in our attitude toward God.


46.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... humility, they had deluded themselves and were ...   12&12 Step Five, p.60  
Lacking both practice and humility, they had deluded themselves and were able to justify the most arrant nonsense on the ground that this was what God had told them.


47.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... humility to establish and maintain the new ...   BB Bill's Story, p.13  
Belief in the power of God, plus enough willingness, honesty and humility to establish and maintain the new order of things, were the essential requirements.


48.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... humility was the main key to sobriety.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
But as he calmed down, he began to listen while I tried to show him that humility was the main key to sobriety.


49.
View STEP TWO essay   ... humility we must pay, we would pay."   12&12 Step Two, p.31  
We soon concluded that whatever price in humility we must pay, we would pay."


50.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility, we should pause here to consider ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Since this Step so specifically concerns itself with humility, we should pause here to consider what humility is and what the practice of it can mean to us.


51.
View STEP TWO essay   ... humility when really we hadn't.   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
We supposed we had humility when really we hadn't.


52.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... humility, which we soon discovered to be ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
It brought a measure of humility, which we soon discovered to be a healer of pain.


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