SINCERITY

Definition of Sincerity: the absence of pretence, deceit, or hypocrisy.
Synonyms of Sincerity: honesty, good faith, integrity, seriousness, candour, etc

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail.
We hope you find them helpful.
Love in fellowship.

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Many of us grew up in situations that required us to be constantly on our guard. We became so keenly attuned to the people around us and how to please them or avoid their anger that we lost contact with our inner messages.

Rather than developing skills for drawing upon our inner resources, we developed skills for looking outward and reacting to whatever confronted us. Today we are learning to
know what we think and feel and to express it, even if it isn’t always what others want to hear. We can be spontaneous now because we have room for mistakes in our lives. –Touchstones | More…

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We are in the business of producing miracles.
In this program we have a renewal based on truth.

We build upon solid reality rather than upon fiction.
Our sincerity with ourselves becomes a solid footing for growth. –Touchstones | More…

We sometimes dismiss others people’s relapses with the explanation that they didn’t really want to stay sober or that they lacked sincerity of purpose. Even if we’ve been sober for years, the old desire to drink can be lurking somewhere in the back of our minds.

It’s wise to assume that this is so even when there’s no conscious desire to drink. If hidden desires to drink still persist even after years of sobriety, it points to the persistence of the disease, not to one’s insincerity.

It may even be that sincerity, like sobriety, has to be sought on a daily basis. To accept this is a sign of prudence and maturity, and perhaps even a measure of humility. –Walk In Dry Places/Mel B. 29/07 | More…

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