Daily Recovery Readings
April 12, 2017
GIVING UP INSANITY
. . . where alcohol has been involved, we have been strangely insane.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 38
Alcoholism required me to drink, whether I wanted to or not. Insanity dominated my life and was the essence of my disease. It robbed me of the freedom of choice over drinking and, therefore, robbed me of all other choices. When I drank, I was unable to make effective choices in any part of my life and life became unmanageable.
I ask God to help me understand and accept the full meaning of the disease of alcoholism.
Big Book Quote
“We think it no concern of ours what religious bodies our members identify themselves with as individuals. This should be an entirely personal affair which each one decides for himself in the light of past associations, or his present choice.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, pg. 28~
Keep It Simple
Life I love you, all is groovy.—Paul Simon
I haven’t always known how to enjoy life, but Working the Twelve Steps is more than recovery from alcohol or other drug addiction. It’s also about how to enjoy life. Our illness pulled us toward death. Our spirits were dying, and maybe our bodies were dying. Now our spirits are coming to life. We feel more alive than ever before. Our feelings are coming alive. We feel hope and faith, love, and joy, and even hurt and fear. We notice the sunshine as well as the clouds. We know life needs both sunshine and rain, both joy and pain. We are alive. You can teach me. All life is from You, so teach me to be free in Your light and love.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me let go of my fears and enjoy life.
Action for the Day:
Right now, I can think of at least three things in life that make me feel like sunshine. What are they?
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
It seems as if people drop into your world now to play the part of an angel on earth, extending offers of assistance and dependable shoulders upon which you can lean. But you’re not all fun and games today; you need to assess your current commitments and decide how much time you can afford to devote to creative play. Don’t wait too long or reality will narrow your choices. If you want something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.