Daily Recovery Readings
June 24, 2017
A SPIRITUAL KINDERGARTEN
We are only operating a spiritual kindergarten in which people are enabled to get over drinking and find the grace to go on living to better effect.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 95
When I came to A.A., I was run down by the bottle and wanted to lose the obsession to drink, but I didn’t really know how to do that. I decided to stick around long enough to find out from the ones who went before me. All of a sudden I was thinking about God! I was told to get a Higher Power and I had no idea what one looked like. I found out there are many Higher Powers. I was told to find God, as I understand Him, that there was no doctrine of the Godhead in A.A. I found what worked for me and then asked that Power to restore me to sanity. The obsession to drink was removed and – one day at a time – my life went on, and I learned how to live sober.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“To be vital, faith must be accompanied by self sacrifice and unselfish, constructive action.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 93
Keep It Simple
Beauty is gift of God.—Aristotle
In our addiction, we often went after what was ugly in life. Maybe we hung out in bad places.
Maybe we saw people’s defects instead of their beauty. Addiction is ugly, painful disease. The worst part of addiction is how it doesn’t let us see beauty in the world.
There is much beauty in each of us. Recovery is beautiful. Our stories are beautiful. The way we help each other is beautiful. The way we become loving family members is beautiful. But sometimes, we may still see the world as ugly. At these times, we need to turn to our program.
Maybe we need to help someone by working Step Twelve. Maybe we need ask to give the Step at our meeting. Maybe we just need to read the Big Book. Whatever we do, one thing is sure— if we turn to our program, we’ll see how beautiful the world is.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me see beautiful today. Help me be beautiful today.
Action for the Day:
Today I’ll let myself feel beautiful. I’ll see recovery as beautiful.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
A close friend or lover may initiate an unpleasant conversation today. Fortunately, you can manage the intensity of another person’s fears now, because you recently fought a battle with your own demons and won. Although you don’t have solutions to someone else’s dilemma, you are fully capable of holding space for their process without overreacting. This profound emotional work is not to be taken lightly. However, your efforts are appreciated and your continuing support is nurturing for all involved. Gloria Steinem said, “Empathy is the most radical of human emotions.”