As a vast and varied group of individuals striving for perfection, or at least for some degree of internal regular refinement, I thought it might do you well to learn how the spiritually advanced end their day. This fact finding process enables you to narrow in on aspects of your life that self-deception may be holding you back from acknowledging. A simple warning to the bold few who will attempt to implement this process into their lives: “the sweetness of awakenings can initially be over-shadowed by the jarring taste of truth”.
Daily Inventory Checklist:
- How often did you think about God today?
- Did you accomplish everything you set out to? If not, what got in the way?
- Did anyone hurt your feelings, disrespect you, or even irritate you today? If so, what was your part to play in the experience, and can you forgive them immediately?
- Have you asked God to forgiveness for imperfections and failings today?
- Were you self-centered, fearful or full of ego today?
- Did you omit the truth, out right lie, or even slightly embellish the truth today?
- How did you view the world today? Were you perceiving life from a place of love, anger, or fear?
- Did you go through the day like a sloth, or potentially you were anxiety filled and impatient?
- Were you kind and loving to all you encountered?
- Where could you have improved?
- Did you serve others today?
- Is there anything you should apologize for?
- Do you have at least five things you can be thankful for today?
- Is there something you have been hiding or consciously avoiding that should be discussed with a trusted friend, family member, or mentor?
When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest with another person at once? Were we kind and loving toward all? What could we have done better? Were we thinking of ourselves most of the time? Or, were we thinking of what we could do for others, of what we could pack into the stream of life? But we must be careful not to drift into worry, remorse or morbid reflection, for that would diminish our usefulness to others. After making our review we ask God’s forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken. Big Book. p.86
The slice of peace you will serve your conscience after completing this checklist, will surely work to empty your mind of the most deeply hidden twists in thinking.