Daily Recovery Readings
May 12, 2017
THE PAST IS OVER
A.A. experience has taught us we cannot live alone with our pressing problems and the character defects which cause or aggravate them. If . . . Step Four . . .has revealed in stark relief those experiences we’d rather not remember . . . then the need to quit living by ourselves with those tormenting ghosts of yesterday gets more urgent than ever. We have to talk to somebody about them.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 55
Whatever is done is over. It cannot be changed. But my attitude about it can be changed through talking with those who have gone before and with sponsors. I can wish the past never was, but if I change my actions in regard to what I have done, my attitude will change. I won’t have to wish the past away. I can change my feelings and attitudes, but only through my actions and the help of my fellow alcoholics.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“In thinking about our day we may face indecision. We may not be able to determine which course to take. Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. We relax and take it easy. We don’t struggle. We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 86
Keep It Simple
You can observe a lot just by watching. ~Yogi Berra
When we watch others, we learn how to “act as if.” We watch a patient person, and then we “act as if we’re a patient person. The result? Over time, we’ll become a patient person. We watch how good listeners listen, and we “act as if” we know how to listen. Then one day, we realize we’re really listening! We watch people who have faith, and we “act as if” we have it. Then over time, we become spiritual people!
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me find You in the people and events of my day.
Action for the Day:
I will “act as if” my Higher Power is standing next to me all through the Day.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Your self-confidence is a powerful tool today, but you hold it close to your chest. It’s as if it might become less useful if everyone knows how sure of yourself you are now. However, someone else’s knowledge can, in turn, catalyze yours. There’s no reason to be cocky; you don’t know everything. In fact, there’s an excellent chance that if you ask the right question, you’ll discover something very important. As philosopher Antonio De Nicolas said, “The search creates the reality.”