Daily Recovery Readings
June 18, 2017
A FELLOWSHIP OF FREEDOM
. . . if only men were granted absolute liberty, and were compelled to obey no one, they would then voluntarily associate themselves in the common interest.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 50
When I no longer live under the dictates of another or of alcohol, I live in a new freedom. When I release the past and all the excess baggage I have carried for so very long, I come to know freedom. I have been introduced into a life and a fellowship of freedom. The Steps are a “recommended” way of finding a new life, there are no commands or dictates in A.A. I am free to serve from desire rather than decree. There is the understanding that I will benefit from the growth of other members and I take what I learn and bring it back to the group. The “common welfare” finds room to grow in the society of personal freedom.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“We agnostically inclined would not feel satisfied with a proposal which does not lend itself to reasonable approach and interpretation. Hence we are at pains to tell why we think our present faith is reasonable, why we think it more sane and logical to believe than not to believe, why we say our former thinking was soft and mushy when we threw up our hands in doubt and said, ‘We don’t know.'”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 53~
Keep It Simple
Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. Rodin
When we first start our recovery, it hurts a lot to look at our past. We feel sad. It feels like our life was a waste.
But it wasn’t a waste. The program promises that if we practice the Steps, we’ll not reget the past nor wish to shut the door on it. Hard to believe? Just look at all the happy old-timers in AA. Their lives were just as messed up as ours.
Because of our addiction, we’re learning a new way to live. We are getting to know ourselves, our Higher Power, and other people.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, thanks for helping me into recovery. Help me learn from my addiction.
Action for the Day:
I’ll list three important things I’ve learned about life because of my addiction. I’ll talk to my sponsor about them.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Your patience is wearing thin today and you’re tempted to take drastic action so everyone knows exactly where you stand. But caution wins out over urgency and you probably will bide your time until external circumstances are right rather than giving in to an uncontrollable emotional outburst. The truth is, acting strategically doesn’t mean you’re avoiding the issue. To the contrary, you have an unexpected opportunity to develop the details of your plan. Author Croft M. Pentz wrote, “The secret of patience is to do something else in the meantime.”