Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Step 4 is a proactive form of introspection. The addict digs to his or her core being and as they dig, they free themselves from the waste that they collected within, obscuring their judgment. The open space they clear out by making this "moral inventory" further allows the higher source, spoken about in Step 2 and Step 3 to take root. If anything this is the positive impact of Step 4. This step is like a confessional, offering the beginnings of exoneration, purification, liberation and salvation. The recovering addict examines past behaviors, seeking the truth about the thoughts and actions that have dominated their thinking or harmed other people in whatever fashion. Righting the wrongs of the past is never easy ,its painfull and can be embarressing .However the need to "purge your soul " so to say is nessesary , if we continue to carry around all the wrongs we did without comfroning them, if we continue to bottle them up inside it will only delay or even stop the hole process .It sort of like a "my name is earl " list ,we all need to forgive and be forgiven .