Last night, I went to an AA meeting, my first one since I have been sober. I told myself that I wouldn’t go to one, just to be spiteful because of my dad. He told me that I wouldn’t be able to succeed without going to meetings, but here I am, over 2 months clean and sober and I hadn’t gone to any meetings!
The members talked about Step 6 out of the 12 steps. “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” At first, I thought it was going to be a boring meeting and I would just sit there, wishing the hour long meeting would somehow get cut short. But that didn’t happen.
I listened to the step, and then I listened to what everybody had to say. Goodness, I wish I had my notebook with me last night, there was wisdom flying all over that room.
What stuck out to me the most was when somebody said that it’s easier to make yourself a target of your own character defects when you’re lonely, but we learned about self-preservation to counteract them.
Self-preservation is the act of protecting yourself from harm or death. It is not something that I have used before, so I found it to be very interesting. I plan on trying to use it the next time my character defects try to take over.
Do any of you use self-preservation? If so, what tips do you have?