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Do I truly believe that once I remove my shortcomings, there will be nothing left of me? At least, nothing fun?

Step Seven: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

I can get a pretty skewed vision of who and what I really am. I feel that some of my shortcomings come in quite handy, especially when I’m taking everything personally and isolating. They’re great justifiers.

Also, I find this step tough because there are so many shortcomings, it’s impossible for me to stay on top of them all. I don’t notice which ones are bubbling up until it’s too late.

New morning prayer added to my regimen:
My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me the strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.

This little ditty works whenever I’m about to approach anything in life, good or bad. Because my shortcomings don’t just rear their ugly heads when bad things are happening; they’re also more than happy to crop up during the good times as well.

Remove the filter of me and my wants, needs, and desires from the situation. If I truly live up to the Seventh Step Prayer, my wants, needs, and desires will be taken care of in their own time and in their own way.

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