Were Entirely Ready to Have God Remove all These Defects of Character
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 1 - We are no longer in denial, we are able to admit that our lives were unmanageable because alcohol was controlling us, we couldn't control it.
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 2 - In the second step we searched deep within ourselves and found our own higher power whom-ever or what-ever that may be to us that will give us hope, strength, and courage.
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 3 - With the third step we have to be completely willing to turn over the way we think (which has been negative) as well as our actions (which have been negative) over to our 'higher power' as we individually understand him.
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 4 - In this step we searched deep inside taking honest moral inventory of our self, who have I been, what have I done, and where have my behaviors taken me. Where have I ended up due to my addictive behaviors?
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 5 - This is a hard step and unless it's worked thoroughly and completely to the best of our ability we are only short changing ourselves. It was hard enough in step 4 to take responsibility for our shortcoming s by admitting them to our self. In this step, we have to take what we know now, our deep dark secrets and admit them to another person as well as our 'higher power'. It wasn't easy but we did it and the denial we once hid behind is now gone, and it feels good. We are on our way now to a healthy and happy sobriety.
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 6
In Step 6 we're preparing ourselves to let go of the negative character flaws and defects that we now recognize about our self. We're getting ourselves ready for step 7. This is a time when you want to have your list from step 4 in front of you and study it completely.
We all have character flaws and some of them are easily let go of but some of our flaws we may not be so eager or willing to let them go. In order to go on to the next step after this one, we have to be ready to let go of our character defects and when we are, our higher power will give us the strength to do so.
Some defects we have even though they stand in the way of our happiness and inner peace we just keep clinging onto because they're comfortable so we have to ask ourselves a few questions. We all want to have a healthy and happy sobriety but how far are we willing to go to get there?
- Do I want to be happy?
- Am I willing to let my defects go?
- Will letting these defects go make me happy?
Some people are skeptical or doubtful of this step but keep in mind that everything you have learned about yourself up to this point has opened your eyes. If you worked the first 5 steps with honesty, they have worked for you and hopefully worked well.
Many people may not have started out with a form of faith when they first came to Alcoholics Anonymous but by the time they were able to complete step 5, they found it. Surrendering and letting go of our character defects can only make our lives better.