But we’re also being asked to share our inventory with another person! This is asking too much! Why can’t we simply assess ourselves and get on with the business of cleaning up our lives?
More Comments About Step 5
This may be one of the most challenging steps we face in our recovery process, but it can also be one of the most fulfilling in terms of removing us from our isolation. In order to accomplish Step 5, the three-part sharing it endorses must take place. That is, all of what we discovered about ourselves in our Step 4 inventory is to be freely admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being.
…Because these areas are so sensitive and so very personal, it is important to exercise care in choosing the person or persons with whom we formally share our fifth step. Such individuals should be trustworthy and somewhat detached from the situations about which we will share. For example, one would not usually call on a spouse or immediate family member to hear this confession. In fact, it is quite common to choose a therapist or pastoral counselor for this purpose. Also, such individuals should be compassionate, not condemning.
– Serenity, A Companion for Twelve Step Recovery, p. 45,46
Sounds like a bad omen, right? Well, it is. Chahuiztle is the generic name for some parasites (especially fungi) that infest commercially important crops. The phrase implies that our problems are going from bad to worse and everything will soon go to hell. Some people misspell the phrase as “¡Ya nos cargó el chahuiztle!” which literally means “The chahuiztle is carrying us!” This second phrase is evidently wrong since fungi do not have arms to carry people around. There are, however, some creepy characters that can (metaphorically) carry us to our demise, like the infamous Coco or the Clown
Never contend with one that is foolish, proud, positive, testy, or with a superior, or a clown, in matter of argument.
I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumours to my dogs. Andy Warhol
Sanskrit. — The spring is the youth of trees, wealth is the youth of men, beauty is the youth of women, intelligence is the youth of the young.
Fine feathers have only surface brilliance.
A guide is necessary in a strange place ; such the world is — a wilderness where there are bad roads, few wells, storms of sand arise, and the dread of robbers.
Sweet flowers are slow and weeds make haste.” – William Shakespeare, Richard III; Act 2, Scene 4.
The quiet spirit of a good man is like the clear water of the fountain ; but the restless mind of the wicked is like the dirty waves of the sea, when the mire of the bottom is stirred up by their motions
Method is more important than strength, when you wish to control your enemies. By dropping golden beads near a snake, a crow once managed To have a passer-by kill the snake for the beads.
no veil of false excuses, or artful cloaking and colouring of our faults, will disguise from us our true state, if only we never neglect to consult this mirror in sincerity and with earnest prayer.
Kurd. — Think of the wolf, but keep a rod in readiness for him.