AUGUST 14 Reflection for the Day
Step Four enables me to see myself as I really am – my characteristics, motives, attitudes, and behaviors. I’m taught in Gamblers Anonymous to search out my mistakes resolutely. Where, for example, had I been selfish, dishonest, self-seeking, and frightened? I’m taught, also, that my deeply rooted habit of self-justification may tempt me to “explain away” each fault as I uncover it, blaming others for my own shortcomings.
Will I believe that personal honesty can achieve what superior knowledge often cannot?
Today I Pray
May I not make the Fourth Step a once-over-lightly, let’s-get-it-over-with exercise in self-appraisal. May I know that, once I take this Step, I must review it again many times until it becomes, like the other eleven, a way of life for me. May I protect the value of my Fourth Step from my old habit of head-tripping and buckpassing my way out of responsibility.
Today I Will Remember
Personal honesty paves the way to recovery.