Embrace the failure

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Oprah Winfrey said, “So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground.” Do you embrace failure?

Oh ho ho. I certainly embrace the failure. To be a successful alcoholic in recovery, it’s pretty much required that you embrace your failures. No, seriously, that’s actually in the Steps.

Step 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves

If you’re an alcoholic, that moral inventory includes a whole lot of failures. Lemme tell you, it is NOT FUN to write down every single awful thing you’ve done to the people you love the most. But you don’t stop there! Later on in the Steps, you make amends to the people you hurt for the awful things you did. Talk about embracing it.

It hurt, for sure, to admit all the wrong things I did. I hurt people, and it sucks to acknowledge that and take responsibility for it. But, it was a healthy pain. I told my sponsor that doing my amends was like cleaning a nasty, infected scab off a wound and letting it bleed freely. The wound is still there, but now it can heal.

 

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