Daily Recovery Readings
May 13, 2017
IT’S OKAY TO BE ME
Time after time newcomers have tried to keep to themselves certain facts about their lives. . . . they have turned to easier methods. . . . But they had not learned enough humility. . . .
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 72-73
Humility sounds so much like humiliation, but it really is the ability to look at myself – and honestly accept what I find. I no longer need to be the “smartest” or “dumbest” or any other “est.” Finally, it is okay to be me. It is easier for me to accept myself if I share my whole life. If I cannot share in meetings, then I had better have a sponsor – someone with whom I can share those “certain facts” that could lead me back to a drunk, to death. I need to take all the Steps. I need the Fifth Step to learn true humility. Easier methods do not work.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Those of us who have spent much time in the world of spiritual make-believe have eventually seen the childishness of it. This dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives. We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth. That is where our fellow travelers are, and that is where our work must be done. These are the realities for us. We have found nothing incompatible between a powerful spiritual experience and a life of sane and happy usefulness.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Family Afterward, pg. 130
Keep It Simple
Make yourself an honest [person], and then you may be sure that there is one rascal less in the world. —Thomas Carlyle
Honesty does not mean saying all we think or feel. Many of our thoughts and feelings are only with us for a minute. They are not always the truth. For example, saying to someone you love, “I hate you!” in the middle of an argument can destroy things.
Honesty means living by what is true to us. Then we choose when and how to say things to others.
Think of honesty as the air we breathe; it’s what keeps us alive, but it can get polluted and kill. It must be treated with respect and care.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me know the power of honesty. Help me speak it with care and respect.
Action for the Day:
Before I speak today I’ll ask myself: “Is this true? Am I speaking because this needs to be said?”
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You’re not sure you can take someone’s words at face value today because you don’t trust your own interpretation of what you hear. You might even put up defenses if you think that others are trying to mislead you. Although intentional misdirection is unlikely, it is possible that your coworkers have an agenda now that’s quite different from yours. Nevertheless, their input can still be valuable if you’re secure enough to accept their advice. Confucius said, “A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.”