Daily Recovery Readings
May 1, 2017
HEALING HEART AND MIND
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 55
Since it is true that God comes to me through people, I can see that by keeping people at a distance I also keep God at a distance. God is nearer to me than I think and I can experience Him by loving people and allowing people to love me. But I can neither love nor be loved if I allow my secrets to get in the way.
It’s the side of myself that I refuse to look at that rules me. I must be willing to look at the dark side in order to heal my mind and heart because that is the road to freedom. I must walk into darkness to find the light and walk into fear to find peace.
By revealing my secrets – and thereby ridding myself of guilt – I can actually change my thinking; by altering my thinking, I can change myself. My thoughts create my future. What I will be tomorrow is determined by what I think today.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
When you discover a prospect for Alcoholics Anonymous, find out all you can about him. If he does not want to stop drinking, don’t waste time trying to persuade him. You may spoil a later opportunity.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 90
Keep It Simple
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.–Step Five
Step Five can be scary. we’re to take the wrongs we listed in our Fourth Srep and share them with God, ourselves, and another person. We may look for an easier, softer way. But Step Five stops us.
We’re to share the exact nature of our wrong. Why? So we can take a load off ourselves. So we won’t use again. By totally sharing our past wrongs, we can belong once more. We can heal. We start to forgive ourselves. We become more humble. When you share your Fifth Step, holding nothing back. You deserve the peace this Step will bring you.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, give me courage to tell it all. Give me courage to admit just how wrong I had become.
Action for the Day:
Step Five teaches me that sharing is important. I will find a friend and share my wrongs with that friend. I will hold nothing back.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Your moods seem to change quickly today and there’s not much you can do to stop them from ebbing and flowing. Although this constant emotional flux might be tiring, you quickly realize it’s less exhausting when you keep your feelings to yourself. Involving others in your internal machinations just gives you another level of boundaries to manage when the atmosphere is too unstable. Margaret Atwood wrote, “When nothing is sure, everything is possible.”