Daily Recovery Readings
June 28, 2017
THE DETERMINATION OF OUR FOUNDERS
A year and six months later these three had succeeded with seven more.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 159
If it had not been for the fierce determination of our founders, A.A. would have quickly faded like so many other so-called good causes. I look at the hundreds of meetings weekly in the city where I live and I know A.A. is available twenty-four hours a day. If I had had to hang on with nothing but hope and a desire not to drink, experiencing rejection wherever I went, I would have sought the easier, softer way and returned to my previous way of life.
From the book Daily Reflections.
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“When we drew near to Him He disclosed Himself to us!”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 57~
Keep It Simple
The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form.
–Stanley J. Randall
Trying to be perfect get us into trouble. Trying to be perfect means we’re trying to control things.We may be trying to cover up something. Maybe we aren’t facing our pain. Maybe we’ve hurt someone and we need to make amends.
We need to practice being human. Humans aren’t perfect. In Steps Six and Seven, we face our human limits and our shortcomings. We then start the lifelong job of letting them go. To accept our human limits leads us to our Higher Power. We see how we need a guide in life. Our Higher Power makes a perfect guide.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me accept that I can’t be perfect. Help me be a good human being.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll list my shortcoming. I’ll talk with a friend about them. I’ll ask my friend to tell me what my good qualities are.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You can be so angry with someone you love today that you can’t even say a word. Your thoughts are running all around and there’s no place to jump in and start talking. If asked how you are doing, you might reply that you are well, without giving a hint of your internal turmoil. Ironically, this difference between your inner and outer world may be quite familiar. The longer left untended, the greater the problem. Start untangling your feelings now by asking someone you respect to listen without interfering in your process. You don’t need to be right; you only need to be heard.