Daily Recovery Readings
May 22, 2017
WE . . . (The first word of the First Step)
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 21
When I was drinking all I could ever think about was “I, I, I,” or “Me, Me, Me.” Such painful obsession of self, such soul sickness, such spiritual selfishness bound me to the bottle for more than half my life.
The journey to find God and to do His will one day at a time began with the first word of the First Step . . . “We.” There was power in numbers, there was strength in numbers, there was safety in numbers, and for an alcoholic like me, there was life in numbers. If I had tried to recover alone I probably would have died. With God and another alcoholic I have a divine purpose in my life . . . I have become a channel for God’s healing love.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“We have begun to comprehend their futility and their fatality. We have commenced to see their terrible destructiveness. We have begun to learn tolerance, patience and good will toward all men, even our enemies, for we look on them as sick people.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, Pg. 70~
Keep It Simple
Showing up is 80 percent of life.—Woody Allen
Life is full of things we don’t want to do. Yet when all parts of us( mind, body, spirit) show up, things go okay. By being there, we can learn about ourselves and help others.
Showing up means we care about our program. It means we speak up at meetings. It means we care about our family, our friends, the world. It means we listen when a friend has a bad day. It means seeing ourselves in others. It means we talk to someone who bothers us. Showing up means we laugh when something seems funny. It means we cry when we feel sad. We’re important, and we need to bring our mind, body, and spirit with us—wherever we go. Have I learned to show up, all of me?
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me show up for my life. Help me show up to do my part in Your plan today.
As I go through my day, I’ll think about how I’m showing up for my life. I’ll be proud of myself for doing my part.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
A new opportunity at work might catch your interest now and send you spinning out possibilities in every direction. However, it’s too soon to know how it might affect your career trajectory. One thing is for certain: your time is limited and you may need to step back from some commitments at home or with family to devote your energy to this project. Although you don’t have to decide today, it’s healthy to begin your process by surveying all the alternative paths until you find one that stands out from the rest.