Daily Recovery Readings
April 28, 2017
TWO “MAGNIFICENT STANDARDS”
All A.A. progress can be reckoned in terms of just two words: humility and responsibility. Our whole spiritual development can be accurately measured by our degree of adherence to these magnificent standards.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 271
To acknowledge and respect the views, accomplishments and prerogatives of others and to accept being wrong shows me the way of humility. To practice the principles of A.A. in all my affairs guides me to be responsible. Honoring these precepts gives credence to Tradition Four—and to all other Traditions of the Fellowship. Alcoholics Anonymous has evolved a philosophy of life full of valid motivations, rich in highly relevant principles and ethical values, a view of life which can be extended beyond the confines of the alcoholic population. To honor these precepts I need only to pray, and care for my fellow man as if each one were my brother.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you
trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, A Vision For You, pg. 164
Keep It Simple
Unless I accept my faults I will most certainly doubt my virtues. — Hugh Prather
Before recovery, we saw only a blurry picture of ourselves, like we were looking through an out-of-focus camera lens. We couldn’t see the good in ourselves because we wouldn’t look close enough.
Step Four helps us look more closely. We see a picture of ourselves, with our good points and our faults. We don’t like everything we see. But we can’t change until we accept ourselves as we are.
Then we can start getting ready to change.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me see the good in me and love myself.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll make a list of four of my good points and four of my faults. Am I getting to have my Higher Power remove these defects of character?
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Someone enters your life today with a thrilling opportunity that seems too good to be true. Unfortunately, it probably is. Much to your chagrin, progress on all projects is excruciatingly slow now and nothing much will change the dynamics, unless you decide to put in the extra time and energy. Thankfully, everything speeds up once messenger Mercury aligns with authoritative Saturn. Proactively drag potential problems into the open before they turn things sour. As is often the case, clearing the air is a cathartic process for everyone involved.