I live on an island with many dangerous animals. I had an alligator attack me. The ocean has sharks, jellyfish, and stingrays. There's a bobcat in the woods next door. Raccoons scratched my dog. There are foxes, coyotes, many kinds of snakes, and strange toads whose venom can kill you. I won't even mention the bugs. But far more dangerous and threatening than any of these animals are the humans. We humans drive drunk and kill each other with our cars. We rob from each other. We steal each other's loved ones. We treat each other with anger and words that sting like daggers. And who is the most dangerous human? Me. My own character defects, my ego, my inability to deal with the frustrations of the daily little things that go awry. My selfishness, my fear, my self flagellation: these are the things that can consume me, cause the most heartache, and create the most trouble in my life. I used to deal with them by drinking alcohol. Today I thankfully have a program to deal with my character defects in a healthy way.
My prayer is for God to please keep guiding me because I have a lot of character defects and I need God to get me through. God includes my sponsor, my friends in recovery, good acts like helping others, and disclosing to friends when a character defect is popping up in my life. This God vanquishes my character defects better than alcohol or other drugs ever did!