Chapter 4 Question 1

“[We] made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” -Step 4 of the Twelve Steps

What is your first reaction to this notion of a “searching and fearless moral inventory”? What thoughts, ideas or images does it stir in you?

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2 thoughts on “Chapter 4 Question 1

  1. I think taking a moral inventory can be gloriously painful. If done right, you see where you are on top… and where you are most definitely not.
    There is such power … and dare I say… GRACE…. in self reflection.

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  2. One of the cornerstones of 12-Step recovery is the necessity of honesty for recovery, particularly self-honesty. To me, that is the great benefit of a periodic moral inventory. It helps me to practice that kind of rigorous self-honesty that is at the root of true humility. Like a lot of people I know in recovery, I was apprehensive about the idea of doing a 4th step inventory; in fact, I put it off until I was so miserable that I was either going to do the inventory or drink. When I finally bit the bullet and did it, I found that it gave me an enormous sense of release and relief. I’ve since done it a couple more times, especially when dealing with a vexing problem, and have found it enormously helpful each time. It takes a lot of trust, though, to be willing to take the chance and do it.

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