Daily Recovery Readings
March 20, 2017
LOVE AND TOLERANCE
Love and tolerance of others is our code.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84
I have found that I have to forgive others in all situations to maintain any real spiritual progress. The vital importance of forgiving may not be obvious to me at first sight, but my studies tell me that every great spiritual teacher has insisted strongly upon it.
I must forgive injuries, not just in words, or as a matter of form, but in my heart. I do this not for the other persons’ sake, but for my own sake. Resentment, anger, or a desire to see someone punished, are things that rot my soul. Such things fasten my troubles to me with chains. They tie me to other problems that have nothing to do with my original problem.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Foreword To First Edition, pg.
Keep It Simple
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years of trying to get other people interested in you. —Dale Carnegie
We wanted friends, but our addiction wanted all our attention. We had no time to be close to others.
Well, stand aside, addiction! The program has taught us that others are important. Our purpose is to help others. People have become what’s important to us.
Now we listen to others. We help them do what they want to do, not what we want them to do. We help people instead of use them. Friendship is now a way of life. And another promise of the program becomes a part of us.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me to know that I’m here to help others, not just myself. Through others, I find myself.
Today I’ll help someone the way he or she wants to be helped.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You’re ready to steel your nerves and go after your ambitions with renewed fervor. However, in the back of your mind you’re wondering how your aspirations affect the people around you. You wouldn’t want to do anything to compromise your closest relationships but at the same time you are pulled to create your own success while the Sun brightens your 10th House of Career. You could feel like you have to sacrifice one for the other but luckily, this tension fades in the days to come. Tim McGraw sings, “Chase your dreams but always know the road that will lead you home again.”