Daily Recovery Readings
June 3, 2017
ON A WING AND A PRAYER
. . . we then look at Step Six. We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 76
Steps Four and Five were difficult but worthwhile. Now I was stuck on Step Six and, in despair, I picked up the Big Book and read this passage. I was outside, praying for willingness when I raised my eyes and saw a huge bird rising in the sky. I watched it suddenly give itself up to the powerful air currents of the mountains. Swept along, swooping and soaring, the bird did things seemingly impossible for mortal birds to do. It was an inspiring example of a fellow creature “letting go” to a power greater than itself. I realized that if the bird “took back his will” and tried to fly with less trust, on its power alone, it would spoil its apparent free flight. That insight granted me the willingness to pray the Seventh Step prayer.
It’s not easy to know God’s will in each circumstance. I must search out and be ready for the currents, and that’s where prayer and meditation help! Because I am, of myself, nothing, I ask God to grant me the knowledge of His will and the power and courage to carry it out today.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation. But we saw that it really worked in others…”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, pg. 25~
Keep It Simple
When I have listened to my mistakes, I have grown.—Hugh Prather
Everyone makes mistakes. We all know that. So why is it so hard to admit out own? We seem to think we have to be perfect. We have a hard time looking at our mistakes. But our mistakes can be very good teachers. Our Twelve Step program helps us learn and grow from our mistakes. In Step Four, half of our work is to think of our mistakes. In Step Five, we admit our mistakes to God, ourselves, and another person. We learn, we grow and become whole. All by coming to know our mistakes The gift of recovery is not being free from mistakes. Instead, we do the Steps to claim our mistakes and talk about them. We find the gift of recovery when we learn from our mistakes.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me to see my mistakes as changes to get to know myself better.
Action for the Day:
Today I’ll talk to a friend about what my mistakes taught me. Today I’ll feel less shame.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Wearing a smile is your secret weapon today, especially if you are obsessed with your current worries. Nevertheless, displaying your joyful personality does not give you free license to ignore the most pressing issues of the day. Staying consciously aware of a currently irresolvable dilemma is a necessity. You are playing parts in two different scripts now so don’t try to fit everything you say and do into one tidy package. The stress will eventually settle down, enabling your temporary happy face to turn into a permanent grin. Sometimes faking it actually leads to making it.