From the June 2011 magazine.

June 2011: It Beats Being a Jerk

Reading the “Twelve and Twelve” helped this nonalcoholic trustee to finally embrace Step Six

It is not easy to write on the Sixth Step. So I shall have to do some sharing. My first response is resistance. I greatly admire and approve of all Twelve Traditions. Although I am not an alcoholic, I have also tried to incorporate Steps Two through Twelve as part of my discipline of daily living--with one exception. I find myself bridling and resisting Step Six. I most certainly do not feel “entirely ready to have God remove all my defects of character.” True, I certainly admit to having defects of character, and I am more than ready to rely on a power greater than myself to provide...

-- George E.

Vaillant, Maryland