PRINCIPLES

Definition of Principle: a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behaviour or for a chain of reasoning.
Synonyms of Principle: truth, proposition, concept, idea, theory, assumption, basis, fundamental, essence, philosophy, etc

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail.
We hope you find them helpful.
Love in fellowship.

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The first step is the membership requirement step. The second, third, and eleventh steps are the spiritual steps of the program.

The fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and tenth steps are the personal inventory steps. The eighth and ninth steps are the restitution steps

The twelfth step is the passing on of the program, or helping others, step. So the five principles are membership requirement, spiritual basis, personal inventory, restitution, and helping others. –24Hours | More…

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All our choices and decisions will reflect on our people.
We need to assume the accountability of honouring people.

We must remember to conduct ourselves in a sacred way. We must remember we have the assistance of the Spirit World, and we have the principles and values by which we should live, written in our hearts. The Creator will help us develop into a strong people if we just learn to depend upon Him. –Elders | More…

We are apt to warp the traditional idea of “principles before personalities” around to such a point that there would be no “personality” in a leadership whatever. A leader in A.A. service is a man (woman) who can personally put principles, plans, and policies into such dedicated and effective action that the rest of us naturally want to back him up and help him with his job. –As Bill Sees It | More… (p.224)

Living a principled life is what the inner self desires. Living the program’s principles is giving each of us practice in living a principled life.

Having principles assures direction. They help us define who we are and who we will be, in any turn of events. –Each Day a New Beginning/Karen Casey | More…

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At first, when we stopped drinking, we thought we were fixed. Then we began to see that we were not all that well. To get well, we need to keep living by the Twelve Steps and the slogans of our program. –Keep It Simple | More…

We learn in AA that it’s more important to ask what is right than who is offering a course of action. Our trust must always be in our Higher Power and in principles that never fail. –Walk In Dry Places/Mel B. | More…

God is to be found in the principles of life. The suggested patterns of behavior that lead to happiness, freedom and unity in the world.

God is not just a “good idea”, an intellectual philosophy or other worldly entity.
God is practical goodness that can be demonstrated and seen in the world.

Principles lead to action; principles produce change in attitude and behavior; principles must have a practical result. Sometimes you hear the phrase “walk the talk”, implying that the principles we talk about should be evident in our daily lives. Also principles should be seen in the small things of life being courteous, giving a smile to a stranger, offering a hug to a friend in pain. God is alive in the principles of life. –Father Leo | More…

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There is a saying: Tell me, I’ll forget; Show me, I’ll remember; Engage me; I’ll understand. The adults need to determine what the younger generation is learning.

The principle of sharing keeps the youth from being greedy and selfish.
The principle of freedom teaches the youth about choices, decisions and consequences.

The principle of respect keeps us from playing God and becoming a controller of all things. We need to learn these lessons so we may demonstrate them for our children. –Elders | More…

Unless a new member’s family readily expresses a desire to live upon spiritual principles, we think he ought not to urge them. They will change in time. His behavior will usually convince them far more than his words. –As Bill Sees It | More… (p.190)

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