Daily Recovery Readings
May 31, 2017
READINESS TO SERVE OTHERS
. . . our Society has concluded that it has but one high mission – to carry the A.A. message to those who don’t know there’s a way out.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 151
The “Light” to freedom shines bright on my fellow alcoholics as each one of us challenges the other to grow. The “Steps” to self-improvement have small beginnings, but each Step builds the “ladder” out of the pit of despair to new hope. Honesty becomes my “tool” to unfurl the “chains” which bound me. A sponsor, who is a caring listener, can help me to truly hear the message guiding me to freedom.
I ask God for the courage to live in such a way that the Fellowship may be a testimony to His favor. This mission frees me to share my gifts of wellness through a spirit of readiness to serve others.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“The greatest enemies of us alcoholics are resentment, jealousy, envy, frustration, and fear.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, To Employers, pg. 145~
Keep It Simple
You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.—Ethel Barrymore
There was a time when we wouldn’t let anyone laugh at us—even ourselves. We had to much shame. We had to much pain. We took the world too seriously. If we laughed it was at others—not at ourselves. Over time , real honest laughter returns to us. Laughter is a way of accepting ourselves as human. To be human means we can make mistakes. It means we can lighten up. It also means growing up. And growing up means being happy with all of who we are—even parts of us that may seem odd or funny. If we can’t laugh at ourselves, we shut ourselves off from the world. We shut ourselves off from the parts of us we need to accept. Am I willing to accept the fact that I’m human.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, You made laughter. Help me us it to make my life easier. Help me accept all of me a funny mistake I’ve made.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll share with someone close to me a funny mistake I’ve made.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Your current confidence opens doors to conversations that have been difficult to unlock until now. You don’t even need to think about a strategy; just trust your intuition and speak your truth. It’s not necessary to write out a script before you deliver your message. In fact, your spontaneity charges your words with a strength of conviction that others can’t ignore. Your creative approach will be heralded by people who applaud your point of view. Ken Blanchard teaches, “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”