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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

When my meditations on Steps Four, Five and Six have convinced me I am ready to be delivered from a hampering defect of character, the next Step, number Seven, suggests asking God to remove it.

Step Seven, as it is stated, does imply removal of all my shortcomings, but I must deal with each one individually, as I express it in my daily activities. I must ask God, over and over again, to release me from it.

Today’s Reminder:

I will not expect too much of myself, nor expect to accomplish my improvement all at once, nor without the help of my Higher Power. I must keep reminding myself to accept His help in all I am trying to do.

If, for instance, I concentrate on being tolerant and kind at all times, with everyone, it will soon become an automatic reaction, no matter how trying the circumstances may be. This new attitude will color whatever I do and make me more acceptable, to myself as well as to others.

“Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.” – The first word is the key to Step Seven.

From the book “One Day at a Time in Al-Anon”. © Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. 1973