Daily Recovery Readings
March 29, 2017
They are servants. Theirs is the sometimes thankless privilege of doing the group’s chores.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 134
In Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis describes an encounter between his principal character and an old man busily at work planting a tree. “What is it you are doing?” Zorba asks. The old man replies: “You can see very well what I’m doing, my son, I’m planting a tree.” “But why plant a tree,” Zorba asks, “if you won’t be able to see it bear fruit?” And the old man answers: “I, my son, live as though I were never going to die.” The response brings a faint smile to Zorba’s lips and, as he walks away, he exclaims with a note of irony: “How strange—I live as though I were going to die tomorrow!”
As a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, I have found that the Third Legacy is a fertile soil in which to plant the tree of my sobriety. The fruits I harvest are wonderful: peace, security, understanding and twenty-four hours of eternal fulfillment; and with the soundness of mind to listen to the voice of my conscience when, in silence, it gently speaks to me, saying: You must let go in service. There are others who must plant and harvest.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“The age of miracles is still with us. Our own recovery proves that!”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, A Vision For You, pg. 153~
Keep It Simple
Whatever is in the heart will come up to the tongue.—Persian proverb
During our illness, we wouldn’t let people get close to us. We spoke of what was in our heart. And much of what filled our heart was sadness, anger, and hopelessness. Those who want to be close to us heard what was in our heart. In short, we had become our illness. Recovery is about changing what’s in our heart. We open our hearts up to our Higher Power. The first three Steps are about honesty and needing others. They’re about turning our will and our lives over to a Higher Power.
If you’re wondering where you are with these Steps, listen to the words you speak.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, keep my heart open to the first three Steps.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll work at really listening to what I have to say.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
It’s as if the filter between your thoughts and your spoken words is made of a fine mesh today, enabling you to remain on topic without feeling restricted. It’s easier to weed out distractions and stay on task when your duties are a satisfying outlet for your emotional expression. Listen to your instincts to know when to push forward and when to call it quits. Channel your productive energy into your work early so you can enjoy guilt-free recreational time later with your friends.