Daily Recovery Readings
April 19, 2017
BROTHERS IN OUR DEFECTS
We recovered alcoholics are not so much brothers in virtue as we are brothers in our defects, and in our common strivings to overcome them.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 167
The identification that one alcoholic has with another is mysterious, spiritual—almost incomprehensible. But it is there. I “feel” it. Today I feel that I can help people and that they can help me.
It is a new and exciting feeling for me to care for someone; to care what they are feeling, hoping for, praying for; to know their sadness, joy, horror, sorrow, grief; to want to share those feelings so that someone can have relief. I never knew how to do this—or how to try. I never even cared. The Fellowship of A.A., and God, are teaching me how to care about others.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“The spiritual life is not a theory. We have to live it.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 83~
Keep It Simple
We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. ~~ Sacred ritual chant.
Good things keep happening to us. We are sober. We can think clearly. We can see progress on how we handle our problems. We have friends. We have love. We have hope.
We are starting to feel joy. Our fears are getting smaller. We are starting to trust our new way of life. Our new life brings good things to us. It brings blessings every day. We are beginning to expect them. But we’re still surprised at how good life can be. What a difference from the days before we entered our program!
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, thank-you for the blessings You keep on giving. And thanks for whatever today will bring.
Action for the Day:
One way to give thanks for my blessings is to share them with others. How can I share my recovery today?
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Thankfully, you can already see how your life is improving in little ways, even if you don’t fully trust your observations now. The Sun’s shift into your 11th House of Hopes and Wishes shines a bright light on those things that make you happy. However, old fears may resurface to sabotage your current endeavors. Luckily, you no longer need to fight alone for the survival of your ideas; your friends are more than willing to stand up with you. Author Kiera Cass wrote, “Accepting help is its own kind of strength.”