From the September 1970 magazine.

6th Step

Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

I HAVE attacked Step Six many times. It has attacked me in return. We have had open warfare, and we have had moratoriums. For periods of time, I have purposely ignored this Step. Often, I have stated that it did not make sense to me.

The battle began some years back, when I regularly attended Step-discussion meetings. I had done my best on the first five Steps, I thought. I had even made a written list of all my defects. They counted up to twenty-seven.

Following the example of an old-timer friend of mine, whose quality of sobriety I admired, I printed, in ink, each one of my...

-- F. C.

Manhattan, New York