Daily Recovery Readings
June 2, 2017
THE UPWARD PATH
Here are the steps we took. . . . — ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 59
These are the words that lead into the Twelve Steps. In their direct simplicity, they sweep aside all psychological and philosophical considerations about the rightness of the Steps. They describe what I did: I took the Steps and sobriety was the result. These words do not imply that I should walk the well-trodden path of those who went before, but rather that there is a way for me to become sober and that it is a way I shall have to find. It is a new path, one that leads to infinite light at the top of the mountain. The Steps advise me about the footholds that are safe and about chasms to avoid. They provide me with the tools I need during the many parts of the solitary journey of my soul. When I speak of this journey, I share my experience, strength and hope with others.
Big Book Quote
“We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. ‘Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?’ As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way. It has been repeatedly proven among us that upon this simple cornerstone a wonderfully effective spiritual structure can be built.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 47
Keep It Simple
Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.—Eleanor Roosevelt
Most of us want to be happy. We just don’t know how. We aren’t sure what happiness is. We’ve learned the hard way that some things we wanted didn’t make us happy. We’re learning that happiness comes when we live the way our Higher Power wants us to live. That’s when we’re honest. When we do our best work. When we are a true friend. We make happiness; we don’t find it. Sometimes we don’t even know we’re happy. We’re too busy with our work, our recovery program, our friends, and family. We need to slow down and know that when we do what we need to, happiness comes.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me know that I’m most happy when I listen to You and do Your will. You know better than I do what makes me happy.
Action for the Day:
What parts of my program am I most happy about? Today I’ll think of these and enjoy myself.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You can think of plenty of reasons why you shouldn’t take any chances today. However, upon further analysis, your arguments break down one at a time, especially when you consider all the facts. It turns out that remembering a painful experience is warping your current logic. If you start out in a fearful place, you are likely to wind up with a negative outcome. Fortunately, you have an opportunity to overcome a self-imposed limitation by acknowledging when your worries are not based on the current situation. Jim Rohn wrote, “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”