Step Four: Assessing the Wreckage of our Past




“Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves”. There is a saying in AA that when we arrive at the fourth step the rubber hits the road. In other words, the fourth step is when the real introspective work begins within the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. A searching and fearless moral inventory translates to an accounting of all the wrongs we’ve committed in our past, as well as the resentments we are harboring towards others we’ve encountered in life. This may seem like a tall order, but taken one step at a time you are more than capable of completing a thorough fourth step in a week or two at most.


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