This week's HTYH is the final segment of our Step Six discussion. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Bill Wilson in his book, "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions," said: If we would gain any real advantage in the use of this Step on problems other than alcohol, we shall need to make a brand new venture into open-mindedness. We shall need to raise our eyes toward perfection, and be ready to walk in that direction. It will seldom matter how haltingly we walk. The only question will be "Are we ready?"
Looking again at those defects we are still unwilling to give up, *we ought to erase the hard-and-fast line that we have drawn in the sand. Perhaps we shall be obliged in some cases still to say, "This I cannot give up yet," but we should not say to ourselves,
"This I will never give up!"
Lets dispose of what appears to be a hazardous open end we have left. It is suggested that we ought to become entirely willing to aim toward perfection.
We note that some delay, however, might be pardoned. That word, in the mind of a rationalizing alcoholic, could certainly be given a long-term meaning. He could say, "How very easy! Sure, I'll head toward perfection, but I'm certainly not going to hurry any. Maybe I can postpone dealing with some of my problems indefinitely." Of course this won't do. Such a bluffing of oneself will have to go the same way as many other pleasant rationalizations. At the very least, we shall have to come to grips with some of our worst character defects and take action toward their removal as quickly as we can.
The moment we say, "No never!" our minds close against the Grace of God. Delay is dangerous, and rebellion may be fatal. This is the exact point at which we abandon limited objectives, and move toward God's Will for us....
*At this point a South Bend professor-sponsor asked his pigeon, "Is this the hill you want to die on?"
In Bill Wilson's book, "Alcoholics Anonymous," on page 570 of the third edition, he quoted Herbert Spenser: "There is a principle which is bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation." Next week we will begin a discussion about Step Seven, to be continued...