A.A. Oldtimers…On the Sixth Step
A.A. Grapevine, April 1945, Vol. 1 No. 11
Editorial: On the 6th Step
"Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character."
This step is most important because here we are ready for God (as we understand Him) to walk along with us and guide us as we seek to improve our character and eliminate the defects which contributed to our alcoholic problem.
With God's help we'll now apologize quickly when we are curt to others. We'll overcome our resentments. We'll become humble and remember it's our own character we want to improve, not the character of others. We'll remember that as we aren't perfect we haven't any particular right to be critical toward others.
We'll ask quickly for help each time we are aware of wrong thinking and whenever we begin to feel sorry for ourselves. When we wish to judge others, we'll remember that not so long ago we were in no position to judge anyone.
Resentments, our biggest stumbling block, can be dropped right here. Resentments against those who loved us and tried to help us; resentments against the boss, against our fellow-worker, and all the million other little and big resentments must be turned over to a higher power.
At a later date, as our character becomes sound, we'll find that these resentments disappear.
We must ask God to help us understand others.
It takes a continued program of doing and thinking our best each day to lead us ahead, out into the open, where we can join the company of our fellow men.
The same help we seek in dealing with our alcoholic problem must be used to overcome our other defects. Knowing our problem is in God's hands will give us serenity and peace of mind.
In other words, we will turn our will over to God, asking that His will be done, and we'll work on our defects one by one as they make themselves known to us.
Buffalo, New York