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Some Spiritual Principles
The principles discussed in this book are those embodied in the Twelve Steps of recovery. Those I write about are not the only ones there are; they're the ones I have recognized and attempted to develop within myself, or live in, since I re-entered recovery in the mid-2000s. No step calls on or builds only one spiritual quality; and each quality is colored with and by the others, but all are necessary to build character, to strengthen spirituality, and to help one grow as a spiritual being.
Honesty, including truthfulness, integrity, candor, and fidelity.
Hope, including optimism, trust, and faith.
Acceptance, including self-acceptance.
Faith, including trust, confidence, conviction, reliance, open-mindedness; also freedom, commitment.
Courage, including bravery, heroism, guts; also honesty and humility.
Integrity, including truthfulness, honor, reliability, acceptance, and self-acceptance.
Willingness, including readiness, enthusiasm, passion, and faith.
Humility, including surrender, acceptance, and unassuming nature.
Love, including concern and caring for another's well being; compassion, kindness, and tolerance.
Discipline, including to bring under control; to train or develop; also forgiveness, integrity, prudence, discretion, and faith.
Patience/Perseverance, including endurance, steadfastness in the face of adversity, hope, humility, and fidelity ('to thine own self be true').
Awareness, including consciousness, attentiveness, and discipline.
Service, including help, assistance, benefit; also compassion, tolerance, self-sacrifice, and equality.
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