Daily Recovery Readings
May 5, 2017
THE FOREST AND THE TREES
. . . what comes to us alone may be garbled by our own rationalization and wishful thinking. The benefit of talking to another person is that we can get his direct comment and counsel on our situation. . .
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 60
I cannot count the times when I have been angry and frustrated and said to myself, “I can’t see the forest for the trees!” I finally realized that what I needed when I was in such pain was someone who could guide me in separating the forest and the trees; who could suggest a better path to follow; who could assist me in putting out fires; and help me avoid the rocks and pitfalls.
I ask God, when I’m in the forest, to give me the courage to call upon a member of A.A.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Once we have taken this step, withholding nothing, we are delighted.
We can look the world in the eye. We can be alone at perfect peace and
ease. Our fears fall from us. We begin to feel the nearness of our
Creator. We may have had certain spiritual beliefs, but now we begin to
have a spiritual experience.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 75
Keep It Simple
Forgiveness is all-powerful. Forgiveness heals all ills.—Catherine Ponder
We need to forgive so we can heal. Forgiveness means not wanting to get even. Forgiveness means letting go of self-will. Anger and hate are forms of self-will take up room in our heart. Yet, a still, small voice inside of us wants to forgive. Just as others have forgiven us, we need to forgive them. When we forgive, we give our will to our Higher Power. When we forgive, we make room in our heart for our Higher Power. By giving up our anger and our hate, we let that still, small voice come through a little louder. This is how we heal. This is why forgiving is so powerful for us.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me let go of self-will. Help me forgive people.
Action for the Day:
I will list any anger or hate I have. I will think about how this gets in my way, and I’ll pray to have this removed.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Your practical side saves you from going over the emotional edge today. It’s natural to put extra energy into your social world when you’re so confident in your mind. But one doesn’t necessarily translate to the other. You still might find it awkward to share your hopes and dreams with those around you. Nevertheless, your communication skills are solid now and you connect with your peers more consistently than you realize. Confucius wrote, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”