April 20, 2007

Coming Clean

The deception of others is nearly always rooted in the deception of ourselves... "When we are honest with another person, it confirms that we have been honest with ourselves and with God


When I was drinking, I deceived myself about reality, rewriting it to what I wanted it to be. Deceiving others is a character defect -- even if it is just stretching the truth a bit or cleaning up my motives so others would think well of me. My Higher Power can remove this character defect, but first I have to help myself become willing to receive that help by not practicing deception. I need to remember each day that deceiving myself about myself is setting myself up for failure or disappointment in life and in Alcoholics Anonymous. A close, honest relationship with a Higher Power is the only solid foundation I've found for honesty with self and with others.

from Daily Reflections ©1990 AAWS, INC.

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