I’ve been thinking. About the sixth step. This is hard for parents who’ve abused or neglected their children.
There’s stuff back there that I do not want to own. You know? (It’s probably hard for everyone, but I don’t have to repent for everyone–just me.)
“Were entirely ready to have God remove all
these defects of character.”
“THIS is the Step that separates the men from the boys.”
So declares a well-loved clergyman who happens to be one
of A.A.’s greatest friends.
He goes on to explain that any
person capable of enough willingness and honesty to try re-
peatedly Step Six on all his faults—without any reservations
whatever—has indeed come a long way spiritually, and is
therefore entitled to be called a man who is sincerely trying
to grow in the image and likeness of his own Creator.
–BIG BOOK OF AA author anonymous