In sobriety and through working our steps, we gain the tools, insight, and clarity to create a better life for ourselves. Getting sober is a step in the right direction, but it isn’t the end of the journey. Self-improvement is an ongoing process. It takes effort and willingness. Each time you work the steps or practice spiritual principles, you are making progress, and that’s what it’s all about.
What Is An Inventory for Sobriety?
When sober people in a 12 step program think of an inventory, they often think of Step Four. It takes a look at our past and encompasses many areas of our lives, including our resentments, our behavior, our relationships and our secrets. While it’s often viewed with trepidation, the Fourth Step is something that we find rewarding, and often transformational.
Writing these lists isn’t about judging ourselves as “bad” or “good” or dwelling on our mistakes. While it does tend to dredge up the past, it shows us our actions in a constructive way. When we list our resentments and find our part, it’s not about saying it was all our fault, it’s about discovering ways we participate in our resentments so that we can avoid more in the future. Resentment is poison, and it must be flushed out.
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When we list our relationships and behavior, we are often surprised to see patterns. When we see them laid out like that, we gain a tremendous amount of insight into the ways we operate. We are often able to make valuable connections that allow us to develop better relationships in sobriety. This is one example of the profound changes that can come about when we do a thorough inventory. The Fourth Step looks at our life when we were in active addiction. The Tenth Step is a shorter version where we look at just that day and find our part in any incidences that may have occurred.
What Is A Daily Inventory for Sobriety?
With a daily inventory for sobriety, you simply set aside a little time each evening to reflect on your day. You may answer a series of questions that help you dig a little deeper into your day. For example, you may ask yourself:
- What have I done for my recovery today?
- Was I honest with others and myself?
- Do I owe anyone an amends?
- Did I do something for someone else today?
- How did I take care of my health (physical, spiritual, emotional) today?
These are just a few things that you could go over each night before bed. The questions are just something to get you started, and you may think of more, or your sponsor may have some specific questions for you. If you are going through something in your life, or are working on a specific behavior, you could create questions around those.
This isn’t supposed to make you feel bad. You may have days where you didn’t do anything for your recovery, or days where you wronged someone or didn’t take care of yourself. It’s about awareness. Knowledge is power, and you can’t know what you’re supposed to work on if you aren’t aware of what you are doing each day. How are you spending your time? Do you have a reasonable amount of balance in your life? Are you devoting enough time to your recovery? Are you struggling with behaviors or character defects?
A daily inventory is also a way to acknowledge what you are doing right! It’s not a negative thing, or about finding fault with yourself. Always acknowledge the positive steps you have taken in sobriety throughout your day. Perhaps you called a friend who is down and out, or exercised or met with your sponsor. Finally, did you stay clean today? If you did, then you had a successful day.
No matter where you are in your recovery, you can benefit from actually writing your actions down, reflecting and learning from it. This is something that will become a habit. It doesn’t need to be complicated or lengthy. It’s a powerful tool that can improve your life.
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