Daily Recovery Readings
June 21, 2017
TODAY, I’M FREE
This brought me to the good healthy realization that there were plenty of situations left in the world over which I had no personal power – that if I was so ready to admit that to be the case with alcohol, so I must make the same admission with respect to much else. I would have to be still and know that He, not I, was God.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 114
I am learning to practice acceptance in all circumstances of my life, so that I may enjoy peace of mind. At one time life was a constant battle because I felt I had to go through each day fighting myself, and everyone else. Eventually, this became a losing battle. I ended up getting drunk and crying over my misery. When I began to let go and let God take over my life I began to have peace of mind. Today, I am free. I do not have to fight anybody or anything anymore.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing. God either is or He isn’t.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 53~
Keep It Simple
The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.—St. Augustine.
We started recovering the minute we admitted we were powerless over our illness. We crossed over from dishonesty to honesty.
+Often, we don’t see what power honestly has. Maybe we still aren’t sure that being honest is best for us. It is! This is why the authors of the Big Book ask us to be totally honest from the start.
Just as denial is what makes addiction work, honesty is what makes recovery work.
Honesty means self-respect. Honesty heals. Honesty let us look people in the eyes. What comfort we’ll feel as we deeper into our program.
Prayer for the Day:
I pray that I’ll let go totally. I pray that I’ll keep no secrets that could put my sobriety at risk.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll read the first three pages of “How It Works” in the Big Book.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You don’t want anyone to know how buzzed you are today, but the coffee has kicked in and you’re flying through the intellectual stratosphere. Nevertheless, you wish you could concentrate on your work, but your thoughts are bouncing around from one end to another. Instead of trying to fit your whole being into a confined space, break out of the cage. Connect with your inner eagle and rise above the storm. Once you are soaring, you can see your entire life from a wider perspective. Follow your inner compass and you’ll easily find a place to rest when your spiritual work is done.