June 27, 2005

Replace Denial with Self Honesty

Today's thought is:

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
--Thomas Jefferson

Denial is something that comes easily to us. We lied to ourselves about what was happening in our lives. Now, in recovery, being honest with ourselves is still a tricky matter. We don't like to admit when we are mean, or when we are not living up to responsibilities.

When we were in denial, we ran away from life, we got deeper into our addiction, and we got into more and more trouble. The same thing can happen again if we aren't honest with ourselves. If we deny things, we will get more and more confused.

But there is a simple answer if we find this happening to us. We can practice rigorous honesty, first with ourselves, then with others. It may not be easy to look at ourselves honestly, but it's essential to staying sober.

Today let me be honest with myself.

You are reading from the book:
Our Best Days by Nancy Hull-Mast
Copyright 1990 by Hazelden Foundation.

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