May 10, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Sunday, May 10, 2015

“Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” – Step Five

Today, my obligation to the Fifth Step by admitting the “nature of (my) wrongs” to all three participants – God, myself and another person. As the basic text of AA states, laboring with judicious honesty in the Fourth is not sufficient to reconcile myself with my character defects: ” …If we skip this vital (Fifth) step, we may not overcome drinking.” As the text also advises, the function of Step Five is to attain humility:“Trying to avoid this humbling experience, (we) have turned to easier methods.” And, as we in recovery have been warned repeatedly, there is no “easier, softer way.” Today, I will avoid the falsehood of thinking I have lost egoism and attained humility in my Fourth Step inventory, even if it is as honest as I can be, and submit to the humility of sharing the nature of my wrongs to another person – after admitting them first to my Higher Power and myself. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2015

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