Monday, February 19, 2024

Feb. 19, 2024 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step


Step by Step

Monday, Feb. 19, 2024

Todaybegin the process of reconciling emotional, spiritual and mental defects — even if I am not willing to hand them over to my Higher Power. Reconciliation, needed so I see that I must let go of what holds me back, requires that I understand recovery is more than not drinking and is a fundamental change in my entire character. And abstinence alone cannot achieve that change. It requires a brutally honest Fourth to find my defects and a 10th to understand why and how they impede what I could be in recovery. In reconciling myself to my defects of character, I may finally be able to say they have no purpose in where I hope to go in recovery, that they harbor a hidden spark to ignite a slip or relapse and, more important, that I want to be done with them once and for all. If the defects I found in the Fourth remain in my 10th and I know it is time to let them go, today, I seek the courage to change what I can — myself. And our common journey continues. Step by step. — Chris M., 2024

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