Daily Recovery Readings
April 2, 2017
Demands made upon other people for too much attention, protection, and love can only invite domination or revulsion. . . .
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 44
When I uncovered my need for approval in the Fourth Step, I didn’t think it should rank as a character defect. I wanted to think of it more as an asset (that is, the desire to please people). It was quickly pointed out to me that this “need” can be very crippling. Today I still enjoy getting the approval of others, but I am not willing to pay the price I used to pay to get it. I will not bend myself into a pretzel to get others to like me. If I get your approval, that’s fine; but if I don’t, I will survive without it. I am responsible for speaking what I perceive to be the truth, not what I think others may want to hear.
Similarly, my false pride always kept me overly concerned about my reputation. Since being enlightened in the A.A. program, my aim is to improve my character.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. To us, the Realm of Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. It is open, we believe, to all men.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, Page 46~
Keep It Simple
To know all things is not permitted.— Horace
In recovery, we give up trying to be perfect. We give up trying to know everything. We work at coming to know and accept our short-comings. In Step Four and Five, we look at our good points and our bad points. In Step Six, we become ready to have our Higher Power remove our “defects of character.” Then in Step Seven we ask our Higher Power to remove our “shortcomings.” Recovery is about coming to accept that we’re not prefect. We admit that
trying to be perfect got in the way of being useful to ourselves, our Higher Power, and those around us. Pretending to be prefect doesn’t allow us to be real. It’s also boring and no fun—you never get to mess up.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, You will let me know what I need to know. Allow me to claim my mistakes and shortcomings.
Action for the Day:
I will work at being okay today. Not prefect, just okay.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You might have plans for a peaceful day of rest and relaxation, but pressing circumstances require you to assume responsibility rather than avoid it. Thankfully, you’re capable of evaluating the current dynamics and taking necessary action before things grow out of hand. If you fall into the trap of silence when there’s something to be said or done today, it will be more difficult later on to get what you want. Elton John said, “Live for each second without hesitation.”