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The first sentence in the precis of Step Six in the 12 x 12 (p6) very nearly made me give up my attempt to come to terms with my character defects - 'Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character".

I didn't have a regular daily discipline for starting my day.  Perhaps in the process of physically getting ready for what the day has to offer, maybe a thank you for yesterday and a hope that I won't take a drink today. That seemed sufficient, no need to overdo things, no defects so far as I was concerned.  Just need to remember that it is the first drink that does the damage.'

"To have God" - that jolted me.   I suddenly realised that for a very long time, and that included time in the Fellowship, I had been my own judge and jury. In other words, I was God!  I was amazed at how much arrogance I had managed to hide from myself.

I had to start looking at my life since becoming a member of this Fellowship.  I began to realise why I rarely used the word 'sober' when sharing.   Since I was sober, free from alcohol, but what about some of my actions?  Things needed sorting out.

This had now become a difficult Step. I have, as far as I can remember had a belief in God who is my Higher Power. Wasn't he sorting out my defects, telling me what was right or wrong?