How does the Gamblers Anonymous Program work? newcomers sometimes ask. The two answers I most often hear are very well and slowly. I’m appreciative of both answers, facetious as they may first sound, because my self-analyzing tends to be faulty. Sometimes I’ve failed to share my defects with the right people; other times, I’ve confessed their defects, rather than my own; at still other times, my sharing of defects has been more in the nature of shrill complaints about problems. The fact is that none of us likes the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, and the confession of shortcomings that the Steps require. But we eventually see that the GA Program really works.

Have I picked up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at my feet?

Today I Pray

May God keep me from laying out my defects by comparing them to someone else’s. We are, by nature, relativists and comparers, who think in terms of worse than, not quite as bad as, or better than. May I know that my faults are faults, whether or not they are better than others’.

Today I Will Remember

Shortcomings are shortcomings, even when they are better than.