The Many Paths to Sunshine: Step 6

The Many Paths to Sunshine: Step 6


A friend of mine told me an analogy that really helped me in the first couple years of my recovery process. She said, “Sometimes when you’re lost in the dark forest, there may be several paths you can take to get home, but there’s always a path that is best to lead you out into the sunshine.” The analogy can be helpful for many different struggles in life, but one that I used it for was for Step 6. (Of course, at the time, I didn’t know I was going through Step 6, but came to realize this years later.)

There have been many instances through out my life when I realized that there were things I was doing or thinking that were hindering me from achieving my physical, emotional, mental, educational, relational and spiritual goals. There were many things that held me back but the biggest culprit was negative thinking. Negative thinking is like a cancer. It spreads and thus can keep a person so sick that they do not have the strength to move forward and reach their recovery goals. Those who have successfully completed our program or who are bearing fruit in their recovery know that one of the best paths to lead them out of the dark forest of negative thinking is by saying affirmations. An important thing to remember about saying affirmations is you don’t have to believe them at first, but the more you say them and think them, the more positive your outlook will be and you might just start to believe them. At this point, you will start to find your way out of the forest and into the sunshine where you can clearly see yourself and what’s around you.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.