When life is too good, we think too highly of ourselves and our blessings. Then we decide we are the wisest and the favored ones, and we don’t think we need Wakan-Tanka and the Helpers anymore.
Fools Crow Lakota
Self-searching is the means by which we bring new vision, action, and grace to bear upon the dark and negative side of our natures. With it comes the development of that kind of humility that makes it possible for us to receive God's help. Yet it is only a step. We will want to go much further. We will want the good that is in us all, even in the worst of us, to flower and grow. But first of all we shall want sunlight; nothing much can grow in the dark. Meditation is our step out into the sun.
Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions pg. 98
We demanded more than our share of security, prestige, and romance. When we seemed to be succeeding, we drank to dream still greater dreams. When we were frustrated, even in part, we drank for oblivion.
In all these strivings, so many of them well-intentioned, our crippling handicap was our lack of humility. Never was there enough of what we thought we wanted. We had lacked the perspective to see that character-building and spiritual values had to come first, and that material satisfactions were not the purpose of living.
Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions pg. 71
Grandfather may we walk in your power.