Step Eight

"Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all."

Step 8 - "Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all."

Dear Friends,

With Step Eight we actively begin setting things right between ourselves, our world and our Higher Power. We are about to take action that will relieve us from the over-prowering parts of our past that are literally weighing us down.

This Step is like Step 6 in that with the taking of it, we become willing to do the next right thing; that is, to take the next right action which will be acts of amends and forgiveness.

Making the list itself is pretty easy. We have our Fourth Step to help us. We list all the people, places and things that we have harmed. Even if the person, place or thing is no longer in our life, we still become willing to make amends if the opportunity to do so arises. When making our list, it is a good idea to check with our sponsor when we are not sure about whether or not we owe an amends.

It was very important for me to remember that I would be making amends for myself, that anything I said or did would be said and done in such a way that when I was finished I would walk away ............ FINISHED and with my head held high! My part, or as we say in recovery, my side of the street will be clean. What a wonderful feeling! I also remember what it promises me in the AABB about the next step (9th Step) that I am getting ready to take. With this Step: I will know a new happiness and a new freedom before I am half way through. This is indeed good news!

Remember to put yourself on your list of amends, friends. We have hurt very few, if any, folks more than we have hurt our true selves.

"Whenever our pencil falters, we can fortify and cheer ourselves by remembering what (O.A.) experience in this Step has meant to others. It is the beginning of the end of isolating from our fellows and from God."


"Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all."


1) Have you made your complete list? If not, what is holding you back and what would help you to move forward in completing this task?

2) Did you find it helpful to check with your sponsor about amends that you were not sure you had to make?

3) When making amends to yourself, who is the self that you are making amends to?

4) What do you think it will be like to have your side of the street clean?

5) List at least three things that you are grateful for today.

All my love,

"Success is not found in what you have achieved, but rather in who you have become."

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