Harbor Light – 2016/07

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I tackled the Seventh Step about four months after I’d finally gotten sober. I had just completed the harrowing work of the Fourth and Fifth Steps and was anxious to preserve my momentum by moving along with all deliberate speed. After the experience of doing a thorough job on Steps Four and Five, the work of Six and Seven seemed like a pleasant walk in the park. I wrote down what I imagined was an exhaustive list of my character defects and set about asking my Higher Power to remove them. I incorporated the Seventh Step prayer into my daily meditation and prayers and waited confidently for evidence of a spiritual renaissance. I remember feeling like this might just be too easy, but chose to embrace the sneaky sense of relief that comes with doing the right thing at little or no cost to oneself.