Daily Recovery Readings
June 10, 2017
IMPATIENT? TRY LEVITATING
We reacted more strongly to frustrations than normal people. — AS BILL SEES IT, p. 111
Impatience with other people is one of my principal failings. Following a slow car in a no-passing lane, or waiting in a restaurant for the check, drives me to distraction. Before I give God a chance to slow me down, I explode, and that’s what I call being quicker than God. That repeated experience gave me an idea. I thought if I could look down on these events from God’s point of view, I might better control my feelings and behavior. I tried it and when I encountered the next slow driver, I levitated and looked down on the other car and upon myself. I saw an elderly couple driving along, happily chatting about their grandchildren. They were followed by me — bug-eyed and red of face — who had no time schedule to meet anyway. I looked so silly that I dropped back into reality and slowed down. Seeing things from God’s angle of vision can be very relaxing.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Burn the idea into the consciousness of every man that he can get well regardless of anyone. The only condition is that he trust in God and clean house.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 98~
Keep It Simple
Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.—Clementine Pappleford
At meetings, we meet people who have what we want. Our old way is to think these people are better or luckier than us. Our old way is to wish we were like them. But our program tells us how to work to change, not just wish for it. There is a big difference!
There are many ways to work for recovery. We practice the Steps. We attend meetings, and we help out at meetings. We welcome new members. We call our sponsor often. And we sponsor others when we’re ready. It takes more than a wishbone. It takes courage and hard work, with the help of our Higher Power.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me know that wishing is lost energy. I must work at recovery. As I do today’s work, guide me.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll do an extra bit of work on my recovery. I’ll call a group member. I’ll read. I’ll spend extra time in prayer and meditation.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Relationship dynamics are moved to the front burner today, especially if you and a friend or partner have unfinished business. Perhaps you are working together on a project at home and you agreed to take care of a specific task. If you have let your promises slide, you cannot avoid your commitments any longer. Although it can be frustrating if it feels like your hard work is for someone else’s benefit, stick with your obligations. The reward for completing a job makes your earlier annoyance seem unimportant in the big picture.