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Here are the steps we took: 9) Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, possible except when to do so would injure them or others.
That is what the authors of the Big Book and millions before you did. To personalize the step for your study and action in the here and now, however, you may wish to rephrase it as:
STEP NINE. Make direct amends to the people you have harmed except when to do so would injure them or others.
READING FOR STEP NINE
|Big Book:||Chapter 6, Into Action.|
|From: Page 82, line 17 Thru: Page 84, line 15.|
|a-mend :(uh mend') v. || v.t. || 2. to change for the better; improve.|| 3. to remove or correct faults in; rectify.|| v.i. <|| 4. to grow or become better by reforming oneself.
|rectify : v.|
|1. right, set right, put right, make right, correct, adjust, regulate, straighten, square; focus, attune; mend, amend, emend, fix, repair, revise; remedy, redress, cure, reform.|
|re-pair : (ri pār') -paired, -pair-ing . v.t.|
|1. to restore to a good or sound condition after decay or damage; mend.|
|2. to restore or renew.|
|3. to remedy; make up for; compensate for.|
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On your way. Your Step 9 can last from several weeks to many years. Start it when you have finished step 8 and are told to do so. Continue until you are done.
PROMISES OF STEP NINE Here are the 20 promises starting at the bottom of page 83 in the Big Book. Some people think these are the only promises the Big Book makes. Little do they realize that each step has a set of promises, and that there are many more besides. There are even a few guarantees. Drop us a line if you have found the 173 promises and guarantees in the Big Book that we have found.
Writing: It would be a good idea to update your amendment plan (step eight) when each amendment is done. Check it off. Make a note as to their reaction. If an agreement was reached concerning further action on your part, write it down. We even know one sponsor who keeps Step 8 lists of his step partners on a computer (on an encrypted file for total privacy). Every month or so, the list us made current.
The principle of Step 9 _______________________.