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Not As Crazy...
Jun 29, 2020 12:40:02   #
Don G. Dinsdale Loc: El Cajon, CA (San Diego County)
 
June 29, 2020 

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A mistake is only a mistake when I don’t learn from it." It was hard making the same mistakes over and over. Each new relationship ended just like the last one, and after a while, I just resigned myself to being single the rest of my life. Same thing with jobs. Each new, exciting opportunity ended like the last disappointment, and soon I was unemployed again, searching through the Sunday classified ads. As each area of my life crashed and burned, I finally had to admit the unmanageability of it all, and I surrendered.

When I finally reached Step Four of the program and learned about the first three columns of the Fourth Step inventory, I finally thought I would be vindicated. Now I could list what others had done to me and assign the proper blame for the failure of my life. And that is when my sponsor sprung the mysterious fourth column on me—my part. What at first seemed a gross insult—“What do you mean my part? Look at what they’ve done tome!”—soon turned out to be the key to my freedom and recovery.

What I learned is that it was my character defects that were truly the cause of my repeated suffering. For as long as I was unwilling to change how I behaved, my life would remain unmanageable. I learned that when I finally admitted and corrected my part, that was when I could begin learning from the mistakes I was making and move past them. Today, when something doesn’t go my way, I am quick to look at my part and to see where I have been at fault. Doing so allows me not only to learn from it but also to avoid repeating it in the future.

  "If This Isn't Me 20 Years Ago I Don't What Is!!!  My Life of Insanity Being Medicated With Bozz Ended In 1978 And Was Hard To Look At And Accept Sober or At Least With Out Alcohol...  I'm Still Not Totally Sane For Sure, But I'm Not As Crazy Either, ha"... Don D.

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