The seventh step is important in that it signifies our readiness to change our patterns of behavior and approach life with a fresh vision. We no longer hang on to our character defects as we would the old "comfortable" shirt. We realize there is a better way to live life, and we are ready to try new behaviors to live more positively. We have become willing, and now we are ready to move forward. Through the previous six steps we have come to believe that we mismanaged our lives and did not live to the fullest as we were self-destructive, blaming, and hostile to change. We have now reached the midpoint of the 12 steps and are on the threshold of a new way of living.
"By the time I got the seventh step, believe you me, I was ready to have my shortcomings removed. I was tired of the struggle with myself. Always having to justify my behavior, always having to be right and have other people know it. It was such a relief to not have to be right all the time, and to know that it was okay to be a human being." Susan R.