Daily Recovery Readings
April 1, 2017
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 42
Step Four is the vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what the liabilities in each of us have been, and are. I want to find exactly how, when, and where my natural desires have warped me. I wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and myself. By discovering what my emotional deformities are, I can move toward their correction. Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for me.
To resolve ambivalent feelings, I need to feel a strong and helpful sense of myself. Such an awareness doesn’t happen overnight, and no one’s selfawareness is permanent. Everyone has the capacity for growth, and for self-awareness, through an honest encounter with reality. When I don’t avoid issues but meet them directly, always trying to re-solve them, they become fewer and fewer.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, More About Alcoholism, Page 30~
Keep It Simple
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. — Step Four of Alcoholics Anonymous.
We avoid the Fourth Step. We put it off. We’re scared of what we will find inside of us. We may find out we’re mean, angry, selfish, afraid. We might see how badly we’ve acted to others, to ourselves. We have all these things inside us. We also have love, trust, faith, and hope. We love art, music, nature, or sports. We have power to heal, and we have used it too. The Fourth Step helps us to know our inner power. As we learn about our own power, we can use it carefully, on purpose, to do good.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me use my power to do Your will. Let your power work through me too.
Action for the Day:
Today Ill watch my own actions and words. I’ll see how my power affects others. I’ll talk about this with my sponsor.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Everyone thinks you’re being overly efficient today, but you know better. Although your thoughts may be running amok, you can keep them contained enough so they don’t negatively impact your activities. But appearing calm on the surface requires psychic energy and your emotional defenses could flag as the day wears on. Nevertheless, it’s still worth the effort to maintain your composure for the sake of progress. Grenville Kleiser wrote, “By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.”