Honestly, why honesty?
Before we could get sober, we had to get honest. We had a problem. We had tried to fix it on our own. We used our will power and distractions, we moved, we changed our schedules, we got new friends or had no friends. We shut ourselves away from civilization and changed our drug of choice, all to no avail. We had to be honest and say, we have a problem and we can’t fix it on our own. So we asked for help, went to rehab, meetings, therapy. Now we had to get honest again. This problem we had wasn’t really the problem at all. The problem was us. It wasn’t the drug that made us behave this way or that. It wasn’t someone else’s fault we took that drug. It was our own demons in our head, in our hearts, that brought us to the depths of our despair. “Many of us do recover if we have the CAPACITY to be HONEST.” That means taking a long hard look at who we are, where were we wrong, who did we hurt, how can we fix the damage that we caused in the wreckage of our past? Dig deep and see. The answers are there, and we find them in the work we do when we work on our 4th and 5th steps. Then, if we are HONESTLY ready, we ask God to show us our defects and remove them. Be careful what you ask, because if you are being HONEST, He will show you. Then you have some work to do. The honesty doesn’t stop there. We have to continue to be honest with ourselves about where we are spiritually, if we are doing the work, and when we are wrong. We need to speak honestly in our meetings and when we share honestly; we know we are not alone.