Daily Recovery Readings
January 21, 2017
“LET’S KEEP IT SIMPLE”
A few hours later I took my leave of Dr. Bob. . . . The wonderful, old, broad smile was on his face as he said almost jokingly, “Remember, Bill, let’s not louse this thing up. Let’s keep it simple!” I turned away, unable to say a word. That was the last time I ever saw him.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS COMES OF AGE, p. 214
After years of sobriety I occasionally ask myself: “Can it be this simple?” Then, at meetings, I see former cynics and skeptics who have walked the A.A. path out of hell by packaging their lives, without alcohol, into twenty-four hour segments, during which they practice a few principles to the best of their individual abilities. And then I know again that, while it isn’t always easy, if I keep it simple, it works.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“In thinking about our day we may face indecision. We may not be able to determine which course to take. Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. We relax and take it easy. We don’t struggle. We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 86
Keep It Simple
Go often to the house of your friend: for weeds soon choke up the unused path.
Our program has two parts: the Steps, and the fellowship. Both keep us sober. We can’t stay sober if we go it alone. We need to work the Steps. We also need people–the help of our friends daily
Recovery is about relationships. We get new friends. We get involved. We give. We get. In times of need, we may not want to ask our new friends for help. Maybe we don’t want to “burden them.”
“Maybe we’re afraid to ask for help.” Well, go ahead. Make that call. Ask your new friend to spend time with you. You deserve and need it. They deserve it; they need it.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me to get help from my friends as if my life depends on it.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll see or call two program friends and let them know how I’m doing.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
It’s self-empowering to believe that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to today. However, you might grow frustrated when everything takes longer than you planned. Thankfully, preventing problems in your schedule is much easier than it is to fix them after the fact. Allow extra time for each task now; managing your calendar wisely saves you from unnecessary headaches later in the day. Proactive measures produce the best results.