Daily Recovery Readings
June 19, 2017
Such is the paradox of A.A. regeneration: strength arising out of complete defeat and weakness, the loss of one’s old life as a condition for finding a new one.
~ A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 46
A thousand beatings by John Barleycorn did not encourage me to admit defeat. I believed it was my moral obligation to conquer my “enemy-friend.” At my first A.A. meeting I was blessed with a feeling that it was all right to admit defeat to a disease which had nothing to do with my “moral fiber.” I knew instinctively that I was in the presence of a great love when I entered the doors of A.A. With no effort on my part, I became aware that to love myself was good and right, as God had intended. My feelings set me free, where my thoughts had held me in bondage. I am grateful.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“In a few seconds he was overwhelmed by a conviction of the Presence of God. It poured over and through him with the certainty and majesty of a great tide at flood. The barriers he had built through the years were swept away. He stood in the Presence of Infinite Power and Love. He had stepped from bridge to shore. For the first time, he lived in conscious companionship with his Creator.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 56~
Keep It Simple
If you tell the truth, you don’t need to remember anything.—Mark Twain
One thing is a lot easier in life now is this—we can keep our story straight! We are learning that there’s one really good way to get along with people. Keep It Simple. Just tell the truth.
It’s hard to do at first. We might think, “If people see the real me, what will happen?” We might be afraid of what will happen if we don’t lie or make excuses.
But telling the truth works! We find out we never did fool anyone anyway!
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, make me honest.
Action for the Day:
I’ll list all the ways honesty will help me in recovery. I’ll sign-up to give a meeting on honesty.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You could shock your friends and associates with your unexpected behavior at work today. Just when you think everything is under control, your frustration gets the best of you and you break from the script. You worry others when you’re no longer a character in someone else’s plot. But you make people nervous because you’re closer to the truth now. Don’t take anything for granted, including your role in this delicate moment. You may be most effective by leading others to the edge of the cliff, but not jumping yourself. There’s still work for you to complete exactly where you are.