Daily Recovery Readings
May 15, 2017
KNOW GOD; KNOW PEACE
It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. . . . But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 66
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Simple, but not easy; a price had to be paid. It meant destruction
of self-centeredness. I must turn in all things to the Father of
Light who presides over us all.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Bill’s Story, pg. 14~
Keep It Simple
That day is lost on which one has not laughed.—French proverb
For a long time, we didn’t really laugh. It’s surprising when we think about it: we hadn’t really laughed for so long. . .we almost forgot how good we could feel. It feels so good to laugh again!
Now, our spirits come more alive each day. Now, we feel what alcohol and other drugs stuffed deep inside us. Pain, fear, and anger come up. But so do happiness and joy, thankfulness and a sense of humor. In early recovery, we work through the hard feelings. As we grow in the program, we have more and more room for happiness.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, wake me up to the joy and laughter that today hold for me. Don’t let me miss it!
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll spread some laughter. I will learn a joke and tell it to three people.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You may need to stand up for yourself today, especially if someone with a desire for power thinks you’re in his or her way. Your best strategy is to lay your cards on the table, even if you are misinterpreting the situation. It’s healthier to clear the air than to harbor resentment over something that doesn’t even exist. However, if the perceived threat is real, your nemesis cannot maintain dominance once everyone’s intentions are out in the open. President Calvin Coolidge said, “The right thing to do never requires any subterfuge; it is always simple and direct.”