Quote for the Week

“Improve your memory – tell the truth.”

Toward the end of my drinking my memory got worse and worse.  To start with, my mind was a big blur from being constantly loaded, or from recovering from a blackout.  In addition, it got harder and harder to remember what story or excuse I had recently made up or who I had told what to.  Because my drinking had become the most important thing in my life I had begun lying to protect it, and because most of the lies and stories I made up were followed by a drinking binge, I couldn’t keep anything straight.  It’s no wonder people stopped hanging around me.
When I got sober and my head began to clear, I went right on lying and telling stories.  As I worked the Steps what I realized was that I was lying to protect my ego and get my own way.  I quickly found the truth in the statement that ‘self-centeredness and self-seeking’ was my natural state as an untreated alcoholic.  It took a lot of inventories and conversations with my sponsor before I was ready to get honest.  I also had to uncover, discover and discard a lot of character defects that were keeping me sick before I could fully recover.
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Today my life is much easier now that my default is to just tell the truth.  I no longer feel the need to defend or construct a big story because today I’ve learned how to be responsible and honest.  Today I go through life looking for ways to be of service rather than to cheat or deceive.  It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to look someone in the eye again and feel a part of the human race.  And best of all, my memory has improved because today I tell the truth.
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