DR – Jan 5, 2017

AA – Daily Reflection

TOTAL ACCEPTANCE

He cannot picture life without alcohol. Some day he will be unable to imagine life either with alcohol or without it. Then he will know loneliness such as few do. He will be at the jumping-off place. He will wish for the end. — ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 152

Only an alcoholic can understand the exact meaning of a statement like this one. The double standard that held me captive as an active alcoholic also filled me with terror and confusion: “If I don’t get a drink I’m going to die,” competed with “If I continue drinking it’s going to kill me.” Both compulsive thoughts pushed me ever closer to the bottom. That bottom produced a total acceptance of my alcoholism—with no reservations whatsoever—and one that was absolutely essential for my recovery. It was a dilemma unlike anything I had ever faced, but as I found out later on, a necessary one if I was to succeed in this program.

From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Big Book Quote of the Day

“We represent no particular faith or denomination. We are dealing only with general principles common to most denominations.” ~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, Page 93~

Keep it Simple

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.–Chinese proverb.

Life holds so many choices now that we are sober. We’d like to go so many places. We’d like to see so many things. We have so much to do. We are slowly learning how to trust our dreams and reach for them. Our program teaches us that we live One Day at a Time. We make progress by doing First Things First. Easy Does It. Our dreams may seem very big and far away. We wonder if we’ll ever get there. But our faith tells us to go for it. And we know how: one step at a time.

PRAYER:
Higher Power, help me know this gentle truth: my life matters. Help me set goals that I can grow toward, one step at a time.

ACTION:
Today, I’ll think about one of my goals. I will list ten little steps that will help me get there.

Daily Horoscope – Cancer

You don’t want to give anyone the power to control your life today. However, you appreciate the feeling of comfort that arises when you know that someone is watching your back. Luckily, you have the best of both worlds now; you are free enough to make your own choices and contained enough to sustain your efforts. Lose any last tendrils of doubt and get to work on manifesting your dreams. Although it is reassuring to have a safety net in place, never let your fear decide your fate.

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