Noted psychiatrist Carl Jung once said,
“If one can accept one’s sin, one can live with it. If one cannot accept it, one has to suffer the inevitable consequences.”
We must come to accept our past acts before they will stop causing us pain.
All the Steps help us do this, but in particular, Steps Four and Five (the inventory Steps) and Steps Eight and Nine (the amends Steps) help. If we attend to these Steps properly, we will no longer regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
Am I coming to accept myself?
Higher Power, help me accept the ways I’ve behaved in the past – and the ways I behave in the present – that cause me pain, so that in your time I may be freed.