DR – May 3, 2017

Daily Recovery Readings
May 3, 2017

Daily Reflection

CLEANING HOUSE

Somehow, being alone with God doesn’t seem as embarrassing as facing up to another person. Until we actually sit down and talk aloud about what we have so long hidden, our willingness to clean house is still largely theoretical.

— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 60

It wasn’t unusual for me to talk to God, and myself, about my character defects. But to sit down, face to face, and openly discuss these intimacies with another person was much more difficult. I recognized in the experience, however, a similar relief to the one I had experienced when I first admitted I was an alcoholic. I began to appreciate the spiritual significance of the program and that this Step was just an introduction to what was yet to come in the remaining seven Steps.

From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Big Book Quote

“Most of us sense that real tolerance of other people´s shortcomings and viewpoints and a respect for their opinions are attitudes which make us more useful to others.”

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, pg. 19~

Keep It Simple

When I have listened to my mistakes, I have grown.—Hugh Prather

Everyone makes mistakes. We all know that. So why is it so hard to admit our own? We seem to think we have to be prefect. We have a hard time looking at our mistakes. But our mistakes can be very good teachers. Our Twelve Step program helps us learn and grow from our mistakes. In Step Four, half of our work is to think of our mistakes. In step Five, we admit our mistakes to God, ourselves, and another person. We learn, we grow and become whole. All by coming to know our mistakes The gift of recovery is not being free from mistakes. Instead, we do the Steps to claim our mistakes and talk about them. We find the gift of recovery when we learn from our mistakes.

Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me to see my mistakes as changes to get to know myself better.

Action for the Day:
Today Ill talk to a friend about what my mistakes taught me. Today I’ll feel less shame.

Daily Horoscope – Cancer

Although unresolved tensions have been floating around at work for weeks, you might have an “aha!” moment today when all the pieces suddenly fall into place. But whatever you learn now is likely to be only one part of an unfinished story that’s still being told. Avoid jumping to conclusions while new data is still coming in or you may become the victim of inadvertently believing your own fantasies. Author Stieg Larsson writes that impulsive actions lead to trouble, “and trouble could have unpleasant consequences.”

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