Only God can fully know what absolute honesty is. Therefore, each of us has to conceive what this great ideal may be— to the best of our ability.
– As Bill Sees It, p. 172
Thought to Ponder . . .
Honesty isn’t an event — it’s a process.
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.
A MEMBER SHARES… honestly!
My name is Chip, and I’m an alcoholic. I came to AA because I’m a really nice guy — I was already extremely honest — I just drank too much. Oh, wait! That’s a lie; at least part of it. I drank too much – mine, yours, and anything else I could find. I didn’t get honest in the beginning out of any virtue. I was driven to my knees by alcohol to the point of desperation. I stood ready to do anything. Even to get honest. My head was in such a jam, my life such a lie, that I couldn’t untangle that mess by myself. So I listened, and heard the truth about me come out of your mouth. I heard someone say, “When I wasn’t drinking, I was thinking about drinking or getting over drinking.” I had that moment of clarity that we hear about when it makes sense; when I realized this is the truth, I am alcoholic. I remember the first time I said that out loud at a meeting — it was as if someone else was saying it. Soon afterward, I began to get a sense of peace, like being an alcoholic may not be a death sentence but the beginning of a new life. And so it has been with me. Honesty, the principle, is one I still have to practice. Not out of virtue, but out of necessity. If I don’t, I start to believe that lie, “maybe this time it will be different, maybe I can drink like a gentleman.” So, honesty is the core of this program for me. I’ve grown in leaps and bounds. There is still plenty of room for improvement. Thank you for my life.