Daily Recovery Readings
May 9, 2017
WALKING THROUGH FEAR
If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 76
When I had taken my Fifth Step, I became aware that all my defects of character stemmed from my need to feel secure and loved. To use my will alone to work on them would have been trying obsessively to solve the problem. In the Sixth Step I intensified the action I had taken in the first three Steps – meditating on the Step by saying it over and over, going to meetings, following my sponsor’s suggestions, reading and searching within myself. During the first three years of sobriety I had a fear of entering an elevator alone. One day I decided I must walk through this fear. I asked for God’s help, entered the elevator, and there in the corner was a lady crying. She said that since her husband had died she was deathly afraid of elevators. I forgot my fear and comforted her. This spiritual experience helped me to see how willingness was the key to working the rest of the Twelve Steps to recovery. God helps those who help themselves.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“We have seen the truth demonstrated again and again: ‘Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.’ Commencing to drink after a period of sobriety, we are in a short time as bad as ever.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, More About Alcoholism, pg. 33~
Keep It Simple
The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.—Frank Lloyd Wright
For many for us, life was a burden while using alcohol and other drugs. As our illness went on, life was more ugly. We grew further from our friends, family, and Higher Power. In recovery, our eyes and hearts open a little more each day. We see the beauty that life holds. We now see the beauty that life holds. We now see that before recovery, we weren’t living—we were dying. In recovery, we again feel happy when we hold a baby. We again may feel joy when we see a sunset. This happens mainly because we’ve chosen to be with people who love life, people who’ve been given a second chance. Once we’ve almost lost something important, it becomes more precious. We almost lost our lives. Now our lives are special.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, thank-you for a second chance. Thank-you for opening my eyes and heart. Give me the strength to keep them open.
Action for the Day:
I’ll list the most beautiful parts of my life. I’ll open my heart today to the joy in store for me.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You surprise everyone with your original ideas today because they are so different from what anyone expects. In fact, you might even wonder about the source of this sudden mental creativity. Oddly enough, your inner directed cyber-acrobatics may require external stimulation or your brain will go quiet. Being around others feeds a very deep feeling that goes beyond language. Don’t be afraid to go on a vision quest without the need to fill in the emptiness with words. Author John Grossman wrote, “Silence is not the absence of something but the presence of everything.”