Important Characteristics of Sobriety: Humility
How does this apply to recovery, you ask. Those under the spell of addiction must surrender and accept they are powerless over their addiction. This surrender is both emotional and intellectual in nature. The power of addiction is unrelenting. The surrender process is a major form of humility.
Humility is also a willingness to learn and to be open-minded. This characteristic is so important for those dealing with addiction because it is a matter of life or death that they gain the tools and understanding needed to progress. Addiction is an illness that doesn’t want you to expose it or deal with it. Addiction’s main symptoms are denial and isolation. The humility of learning and helping others is one of the main reasons people enjoy sobriety and recovery though the Twelve Steps.
I recently had some interactions with my oldest brother who I sense has humility; however, after he sent a politically charged email, I responded not to the list he emailed but just to him about how my views on the subject were different and why. He quickly acknowledged my views but went into a rant about why the leader he opposes is negative, wrong, etc. The view and attack were very personal and out of character for my brother. That is what our political system has brought us to. Will humility ever play a part in our political leadership in the future?
Typically only severe consequences lead to humility. The consequences of addiction help lead us to humility. It gives us a sense of wonder and creates a lack of drama that is needed for those who battle addiction.
For me, humility is dependent on my spiritual preparation, which we will talk about later in the series.