“We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable. Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable? Can God take them all –every one? Do we still cling to something of which we will not let go. We ask God to help us to be willing. When ready we say something like this: “My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen!”
We know that our willpower alone can’t get us out of this prison of depression, but only a belief in a force or power greater than ourselves. So by working Step Six ( “We’re entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character), we continue to be in God’s will and let God help us discover and root out those defects of character that keep us prisoner.
‘So many people choose the predictableness of misery to the risky feeling of being unsure and scared over the new and faint feelings of lightness and cheer. As the depressed person gradually begins to knock down the wall of his/her denial that he/she is addicted to sadness whenever life gets stressful, this is in itself is the starting point in the recovery process…”
The Depressed Anonymous Workbook. Page 55.
Lack of power that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves.”
(c)Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville, KY. Page 65.
(c) The Depressed Anonymous Workbook. (2002) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville, KY.