Letting Go of Old Ideas: Steps 6 and 7

Step 6:  Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character

Step 7:  Humbly ask God to remove my shortcomings -Alcoholics Anonymous

This weekend I will be completing steps 6 and 7, which I outlined above.  When I first read through these steps, they seem like the simplest, most palatable of all the steps in the program.  Seriously, if you know that you possess a character defect, then why wouldn’t you want to get rid of it?  Why not just ask God to remove it?

Here is what I’m learning:  you can know you possess a character defect, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you really want it removed.  Case in point:  I have learned, through all of my recent self-examination, that I have a tendency to be self-righteous (REALLY!?! is now the thought of all my friends and family).  So… simple, right?  Admit it, ask God to remove it, and bam!  I am now the most humble person around.

Not so fast.  It is not that easy!  When I am in a moment when I know, I mean I really know, that I am right, it has proven exceedingly difficult not to beat that point into the ground.  And so, just like the definition of insanity suggests, I will continue to argue my “rightness” until I am blue in the face, and does it get me any satisfaction?  Generally, no.  Does it improve the situation I am trying to correct?  Almost never.  Does the lightbulb go off over the heads of those with whom I am debating, and do they finally accept and appreciate the wisdom that is me?  Sadly, I have never had such an experience, but damn if I don’t keep trying.

So, I guess somehow I will figure it out, but here’s what I do know at this point:  I can see a pattern of behavior, I can accept that I have a defect, but I have to really and truly want to have it removed before God is going to work with me.  So the new prayer is for God to get me entirely ready!

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Posted on October 5, 2012, in Recovery and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I have found that the defects I hold on to are the very ones I “enjoy”. I put quotes around that for the simple fact that I don’t really enjoy them, but my flesh desperately does as does my sick way of thinking. I pray that God grants you your wishes in removing your confessed “defects”. Enjoy your blog….. feel free to cruise mine as well. Keep coming back!

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  2. Your introspection is so appealing to me. Despite having completed that step formally. I am still plenty “defected.” I do know that my errors or less-than behavior keeps me humble. It’s not that I don’t want to be more-perfect, it’s that I am human and therefore prone to error, regardless of my best intentions. At some level I have accepted that I will make mistakes, so will others and it’s all okay. For me 6 & 7 were less about creating perfection and more about me understanding the human condition. It was about forgiveness. Enjoying your journey.

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    • themiracleisaroundthecorner

      No coincidence that I read this comment on a day where I have been accused of “not looking at myself enough…” It’s almost comical, I feel like I do nothing BUT introspection! Thanks, Lisa, I had to take a break from your book because I am in a book club and had to power through Harry Potter, but I am back, and am entranced by the section on re-framing… you actually believe there is another perspective out there besides my own!?! Hee Hee, thanks as always for your validation, I really needed it today!

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