I am never out of sight therefore I must tell the truth. I hold my words tight to my breast.
More than most people, the alcoholic leads a double life. He is very much the actor. To the outer world he presents his stage character. This is the one he likes his fellows to see. He wants to enjoy a certain reputation, but knows in his heart he doesn't deserve it.
Big Book pg. 73
Willingness, honesty and open-mindedness are the essentials of recovery. But these are indispensable.
Big Book pg. 570
Great Spirit, grant me honesty, that I might be truthful with myself and others.