Contrary to what I hear from so many people, I had no hesitancy or fear in doing this step. I was about 6 months sober when I wrote my inventory. I must have done a pretty thorough job if it because very few situations or people have since popped into my mind that should have been included. When guiding others through this step, I try to emphasize that some positive attributes must be included. It's so easy to focus on the negative aspects of this disease and ignore that we are humans beings with something to offer.
The great lesson I got from Step 4 was that resentments were a pattern of my thinking. I saw that I must look at or find out what my part is in every situation. I am responsible for my actions and reactions. By doing this constantly, I can avoid having resentments against and myself. Everything that happens is a lesson -- both good and bad, but nevertheless, a lesson. Indeed.
Then, I was ready to tell my sponsor about my life. Things I hadn't mentioned to anyone. Or at least, no one person knew all the stuff about me because I had kept my life compartmentalized.
todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful
that a friend told his story of addiction and recovery yesterday; I continue to be amazed how similar my thinking is to people who are so different from me
for the volunteer work I still get involved with
for greater balance in my activities than when I was newly sober
that today is my partner's birthday. Unfortunately, he's travelling today and will be gone for several weeks.
The less I give away of what I have, the less that people want what I have.