I answered yes to that question today because I want relief. As a grateful recovering Alcoholic and Addict, I can no longer tolerate the pain caused by character defects.
With that said, I cannot say that the answer to that question was always a yes!
Actually, as far back as I can remember, particularly during the time that I consumed alcohol and prescription pills, most of my character defects were once my most prized attributes or character asset. Yes, I once considered them character assets.
You could even refer to them as defense mechanisms that helped me survive until they no longer worked.
I am sure most Alcoholics and Addicts can relate to using what we now know to be character defects to survive in this world.
My sponsor recently assigned me the task of working steps six and seven, which address obtaining, for me, the much anticipated relief from defects and shortcomings, in an effort to achieve certain goasl I set for myself.
Step six: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Step seven: Humbly asked Him to remove are shortcomings.
Until I began to actively work this twelve step program I was not aware that I had so many character defects or that they were no longer useful to me and my fellows.
It was a revelation to learn that my character defects were preventing me from accomplishing my goals.
As they say in Alcoholics Anonymous, “…they worked until they no longer worked.”
Similar to what I did with my sponsor, perhaps you might make a list of your character defects and short-comings that are preventing you from accomplishing your goals.
Then, with a sincere and genuine prayer to your Higher Power, We ask that all our character defects which stand in the way of Our usefulness to Him and our fellows be removed.
Steps six and seven, not to mention the other steps, our essential, as they help us to reflect on the past shortcomings and behavior patterns, especially the guilt, shame, and regret therein associated.
As indicated in The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, “We cannot do it on Our own, We need help……the help of a Higher Power, from somewhere outside ourselves, from a Power Greater Than Ourselves.”
Below is a list of character defects. Start from here!
- Judgment; Criticism
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