"Made a list..." "How hard could it be? I'm good at writing lists, I can crack on with this one." Such were some of my own thoughts as a newcomer to AA. Speed reading through the Twelve Steps I quickly identified The Steps I could do and The Steps others may do but not me. But I am so grateful that in all this newcomers muddy confusion I also had a sponsor. A sponsor who had worked the Twelve Steps and who had been sober for three years. "Three years!!!! How do you do that?" His reply, "I didn't drink one day at a time, I went to meetings, I called people who gave me their numbers, I spoke to newcomers and I had a go at working the Twelve Steps." I did not totally like all of his answer but I could not deny that standing before me was a man who was living proof that this works.
He also gave me a further helpful suggestion. The Steps start at number one. I find it simpler and easier to follow The Steps in that same order. He was of course right. This was his experience, if it worked for him, it could work for me. I found out that I was just unable to do any work on Step Eight until I had done work on the previous Seven Steps. Simple really but us alcoholics do love to complicate things and at times try to do things our own way.
If you are struggling with Step Eight perhaps you too just need to go back through the previous seven Steps and make sure your work is solid so far. To work this programme we just have to be honest, open minded and willing. Simple really.