Daily Recovery Readings for July 6, 2017:
The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear. . . .
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 76
When I feel uncomfortable, irritated, or depressed, I look for fear. This “evil and corroding thread” is the root of my distress: Fear of failure; fear of others’ opinions; fear of harm, and many other fears. I have found a Higher Power who does not want me to live in fear and, as a result, the experience of A.A. in my life is freedom and joy. I am no longer willing to live with the multitude of character defects that characterized my life while I was drinking. Step Seven is my vehicle to freedom from these defects. I pray for help in identifying the fear underneath the defect, and then I ask God to relieve me of that fear. This method works for me without fail and is one of the great miracles of my life in Alcoholics Anonymous.
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Big Book Quote
“In dealing with resentments, we set them on paper. We listed people, institutions or principles with whom we were angry. We asked ourselves why we were angry. In most cases, it was found that our self-esteem, our pocketbooks, our ambitions, our personal
relationships,(including sex) were hurt or threatened.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 64~
Keep It Simple
When fate hands us a lemon, let’s try to make lemonade.—Dale Carnegie
Our illness is one big lemon, but our recovery is lemonade. None of us signed up to be drunks or drugies, but we all signed up for recovery. That’s when the happiness began.
Yes, there will be pain, but the joy will far outweigh the pain. The sweet joy of recovery becomes our drink—our lemonade. And, do we drink!
We have new friends. We love ourselves, our Higher Power, our family, and much more.
We are creative when we give joy, love, and help to others and to ourselves. If your lemonade isn’t sweet enough, add more of your program.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, it’s easy to forget how much You’ve given me. Thank you for all the joy and love You have given me.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll write down what part of recovery I really enjoy. I will then share this list with my group or friend.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You might harbor regrets about something you recently did, especially if you didn’t heed the common-sense advice you received. It’s possible that you had an excellent idea and simply took it too far. Fortunately, there’s still time to compensate for overplaying your hand, but you need to act quickly. There’s no shame in retreating in order to consolidate your position today. However, if you continue to ignore an imbalance of your making, you will suffer the consequences soon enough. People who create their own drama are subject to their own karma.