Sharing the worst of myself led to the best things


August 16, 2021

Sharing the worst of myself led to the best things

Step Five: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

“We find we can cope with both good times and bad, learning and growing spiritually from each experience, as our Higher Power intended us to do all along.”
OA Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions page 49

Sharing 5th Step with Another

After I finished writing my first fourth step inventory, I reviewed it carefully and highlighted a few things that I had decided I was not going to share with my sponsor. Too private, too scary, too much information. She didn’t need to know those things about me. I didn’t need to tell anyone about any of those things. Then I sat across from her at her kitchen table, looked into her loving brown eyes and told her everything. Everything. Even the highlighted stuff, even the stuff I had written in shorthand code so no one else would understand. I told her my whole truth. And an amazing thing happened. She shared almost exactly the same things about herself! And over the years, those things I did not want to share with her have been some of the best things I can share with my own sponsees to help them know they are not alone. I guess I am not as unique as I thought I was!

Journal Prompt: Can I be completely honest with another person, to my Higher Power and to myself?

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