Daily Recovery Readings
May 7, 2017
RESPECT FOR OTHERS
Such parts of our story we tell to someone who will understand, yet be unaffected. The rule is we must be hard on ourself, but always considerate of others.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 74
Respect for others is the lesson that I take out of this passage. I must go to any lengths to free myself if I wish to find that peace of mind that I have sought for so long. However, none of this must be done at another’s expense. Selfishness has no place in the A.A. way of life.
When I take the Fifth Step it’s wiser to choose a person with whom I share common aims because if that person does not understand me, my spiritual progress may be delayed and I could be in danger of a relapse. So I ask for divine guidance before choosing the man or woman whom I take into my confidence.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power? Well, that’s exactly what this book is about.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 45
Keep It Simple
So live that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.—Will Rogers
Secrets help keep us sick. In our drinking and using days, we did things we weren’t proud of. We lived in a secret world we were ashamed of. This part of the power of addiction. Our behavior and our secrets kept us trapped. Recovery offers us a way out of this secret world. In our groups, we share our secrets, and they lose their power over us. There may be things we’re too ashamed to talk about in our groups. When we share these things in our Fifth Step, they lose their power over us.
We have a new life that we’re not ashamed to talk about. When shame leaves, pride enters our hearts. We know we’re good people!
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me live a good life.
Action for the Day:
Do I have any secrets that get in my way? Do I need to do a Fifth Step? If so, I’ll pick a date—today.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Pinning down the details on an upcoming adventure may be nearly impossible now. You might be feeling pressure to make a decision about an important project, but it’s wiser to let the current events unfold further before committing to anything major. Thankfully, things should fall into place over the next few days whether or not you worry about them today. In the meantime, treat yourself kindly. Author Mandy Hale wrote, “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.”