From the December 1982 magazine.

A 5,000-mile Discussion

Step Five

HOW TRUE it is that we really feel ourselves grow spiritually after honestly carrying out Step Five. My sponsor always said that unless we have done this Step, we can never fully realize how far on the broad highway to serenity we have gone. He also said that most of us find it comparatively easy to admit to God and to ourselves the exact nature of our wrongs, but if that is all we do, we might gloss over some touchy and purplish chapters in our lives.

There is a normal inhibition: We cannot brace ourselves to discuss every detail with a person we know well. I have solved this by choosing a mature and wise sponsor with whom I had been in correspondence. I admired his letters for their perspicacity and perspicuity, and I could really bare my soul to him in writing. By the mere process of writing at length on the wrongs I had committed, including those that had sunk into my subconscious, I found an exhilarating catharsis--a purification of my mental conflicts.

-- K. G.

Secunderabad, India

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