Friday, June 04, 2010

Step Five "Admitted to God,

to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs."

This was pretty easy for me when I first did it with my sponsor. I had a couple of sordid tales to tell and I told them. Talking through my 4th step highlighted the patterns of resentment of my life. We talked about those and how they can be largely prevented in the future.

The fallout from this step is that I feel comfortable (usually) talking to my sponsor about most matters. He doesn't judge me (as far as I can tell). He offers advice if I need it but always offers support. Another unsuspected benefit from an honest and thorough 5th step is that I always, always feel accountable to him. Many of my actions/behaviors are guided by the fact that I know I might have to relate them to my sponsor later on. It's like he's always looking over my shoulder.
I love this stuff!!

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

for those who suit up and show up

for honesty, open-mindedness and willingness (H.O.W.)

that I get to participate in 3 AA meetings today, one of which will be in my backyard

for the many years of laughs given by Rue McClanahan

that Betty White is still going strong and may enter the NYC and Boston marathons while running for president

I have a 'Play The Melody' philosophy. It means don't over-arrange, don't make life difficult. Just play the melody and do it the simplest way possible.
- Jackie Gleason


Mary Christine said...

Wish I could be at your back yard meeting - but it is probably for boys only!

Em said...

I LOVE AA acronyms. and surprisingly I don't think I ever heard the H.O.W. one...thanks for sharing!

Syd said...

I like what you wrote about accountability. I understand that and think that I live it. My sponsor knows everything about me. The HOW is cool.

Trailboss said...

I love me some Betty White. The Golden Girls was mine and So's mom's favorite show. I am sure she (and your mom) are catching up with Rue as we speak!

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

:) Play the Melody :) awesome!