Sobriety–first, last, all the time (Step Four continued)

If, however, our natural disposition is inclined to self righteousness or grandiosity, or reaction will be just the opposite.  We will be offended to A.A.’s suggested inventory.  No doubt we shall point with pride to the good lives we thought we led before the bottle cut us down.  We shall claim that our serious character defects, if we think we have any at all, have been caused chiefly by  excessive drinking.  This being so, we think it logically follows that sobriety–first, last, and all the time–is the only thing we need to work for.  We believe that our one-time good characters will be revived the moment we quit alcohol.  If we were pretty nice people all along, except for our drinking, what need is there for a moral inventory now that we are sober?

I don’t identify too closely with this paragraph.  I don’t want to skip it, but I don’t have much to say about it.

From where I am today, at the beginning of the world reopening from the lock down of the virus, most of my character defects are flagrantly on display to me and this is after 36 years of sobriety.

Oh yeah, May 1 I marked 36 years of sobreity!

Ongoing inventory needed here………

 

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