As a traveler on a fresh and exciting A.A. journey of recovery,
I experienced a new found peace of mind and the horizon appeared
clear and bright, rather than obscure and dim. Reviewing my
life to discover where I had been at fault seemed to be such
an arduous and dangerous task. It was painful to pause and
look backward. I was afraid I might stumble! Couldn't I put
the past out of my mind and just live in my new golden present?
I realized that those in the past whom I had harmed stood
between me and my desire to continue my movement toward serenity.
I had to ask for courage to face those persons from my life
who still lived in my conscience, to recognize and deal with
the guilt that their presence produced in me. I had to look
at the damage I had done, and become willing to make amends.
Only then could my journey of the spirit resume.