We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
In recovery we come to realize that we're influenced by the people we're around. We welcome the support of those who are farther along on the road to recovery. We may rely heavily on the encouragement of our sponsor or others who are supportive of our new way of life. We will also come to see the negative influence of associating with people who are still living the kind of life from which we're trying to escape. Part of our inventory may include considering whom we choose to spend our time with and whether these decisions contribute to our recovery.
In Proverbs we are told, "Wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted. These men turn from the right way to walk down dark paths. They take pleasure in doing wrong, and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil" (Proverbs 2:10-14). We are encouraged to "follow the steps of good men instead, and stay on the paths of the righteous. For only the godly will live in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it. But the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be uprooted" (Proverbs 2:20-22).
Are we exercising wisdom by following the steps of those who are living the kind of life we truly desire? If we do this, we will find our lives to be filled with joy. We will also be spared the loss and destruction that await those who do not enter into recovery and continue down darkened pathways.
Even if we've made bad choices in the past, we can reclaim the lost parts of our lives by turning to choose the good.