The whole problem for me, is my self centeredness. It's why I am so fearful, so judgemental, so defensive, so boastful... So, it makes sense that the whole object of our purpose here is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service... It makes sense to me that its discuss in Step 7, since it is there we're asking God (humbly) to remove our defects fo character, only after becoming ENTIRELY ready in Step 6 to have them removed. I love the discussion of these steps in "The Little Red Book" published by Hazelden. The results of Steps 6 & 7 according to the Book are:
- "a reconciliation of God's way of doing business, we become fed up with our way and with further practice of trying to run the show ourselves"
- "a willingness to work out a plan for suppression of self centeredness through faith and a conscious contact with God"
- "to experience dissatisfaction as a result of our alcoholic practices and to seek a spiritual inspiration that will bring us an inner sense of peace and security"
- "increased faith, clean hearts and minds, ability to offer unselfish prayer"
- "a spiritual courage that is fearless in its outlook on life; a desire to make restitution to those our drinking has harmed"
- "a desire to quit bluffing and honestly give God a chance to remove all that stands in the way of our usefulness to Him and to others, true humility"
- "elimination of our defective character traits, acquisition of peace of mind, and sobriety"
Today I am grateful:
- that I didn't have to go in to the office
- that I got to spend the entire evening with my boy and our dog
- my wife went to her first class for smoking cessation
- that I am sober and relatively healthy
- that I have a relationship with my HP
- for AA
- for The Recovery Universe website