One of the key words in the Eighth Step is the word all.
I am not free to select a few names for the list and to disregard
others. It is a list of all persons I have harmed.
I can see immediately that this Step entails forgiveness because
if I' m not willing to forgive someone, there is little chance
I will place his name on the list. Before I placed the first
name on my list, I said a little prayer: " I forgive anyone
and everyone who has ever harmed me at any time and under
It is well for me to contemplate
a small, but very significant, two-letter word very time the
Lord's Prayer is said. The word is as. I ask, "Forgive
us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against
us." In this case, as means, "in the same manner." I am asking
to be forgiven in the same manner that I forgive others. As
I say this portion of the prayer, if I am harboring hatred
or resentment, I am inviting more resentment, when I should
be calling on the spirit of forgiveness.