From the February 1956 magazine.

Twelve Steps and the Older Member

Step Ten: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

"THEN I promptly admitted I was wrong," ruefully reported a follower of the Twelve Steps recently "--ten days later!"

How typical of the de-alcoholized alcoholic to put off the hour and the moment of owning up to an obvious mistake! How bitter is the gall of admission, how loath we are to swallow it! Yet how necessary it is to enduring sobriety--and how sternly Step Ten holds us to it!

-- J. E.

Bloomington, Indiana

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