When I feel uncomfortable, irritated, or depressed, I look
for fear. This "evil and corroding thread" is the root
of my distress: Fear of failure; fear of other's opinions;
fear of harm; and many other fears. I have found a higher
Power who does not want me to live in fear and, as a result,
the experience of A.A. in my life is freedom and joy.
I am no longer willing to live with the multitude of character
defects that characterized my life while I was drinking.
Step Seven is my vehicle to freedom from these defects.
I pray for help in identifying the fear underneath the defect,
and then I ask God to relieve me of that fear. This
method works for me without fail and is one of the great miracles
of my life in Alcoholics Anonymous.