“Looking at areas of unmanageability in our lives can help us recognize our defects, when we identify our responsibility for events that…
“I only have to be awake enough to notice, or smart enough to remember to turn to God when I need help,…
Practicing new ways of behavior can help open our hearts to the spiritual changes God wants for us….
As we let go of old ways of approaching life, and trust that God will reveal new ways, many of us begin to have a greater vision of what our life in recovery could be….
Wanting our lives to change is not the same as being actually ready for change. The negative patterns uncovered in our inventory represent a lifetime of ingrained beliefs, attitudes, and habits of behavior….
An inventory allows us to go over our lives methodically and objectively, reevaluating assumptions, beliefs, and feelings that we have held onto for years but perhaps never examined or questioned….
We recognize that our shortcomings are not unique, and that we are not better or worse than anyone else. When we live with this knowledge, we do not expect perfection from ourselves or others….
If we are fearful, we can gently and courageously allow ourselves to consider the possibility of surrendering our familiar defects, trusting that our Higher Power will not give us more than we can handle…
Step Six builds on the recognition that our malady has roots that run deeper than just our acting-out behavior….