Daily Recovery Readings for July 20, 2017:
But now the words “Of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth the works” began to carry bright promise and meaning.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 75
When I put the Seventh Step into action I must remember that there are no blanks to fill in. It doesn’t say, “Humbly asked Him to (fill in the blank) remove our shortcomings.” For years, I filled in the imaginary blank with “Help me!” “Give me the courage to,” and “Give me the strength,” etc. The Step says simply that God will remove my shortcomings. The only footwork I must do is “humbly ask,” which for me means asking with the knowledge that of myself I am nothing, the Father within “doeth the works.”
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“I knew from that moment that I had an alcoholic mind. I saw that will power and self-knowledge would not help in those strange mental blank spots. I had never been able to understand people who said that a problem had them hopelessly defeated. I knew then. It was a crushing blow.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, More About Alcoholism, pg. 42~
Keep It Simple
Living so fully. I can’t imagine what any drug would do for me.—Joan Baez
When we were using alcohol and other drugs, our lives kept getting emptier. We tried to keep new things out of our lives. We were scared and tired. We saw feelings as bad. So we got high instead of feeling them.
Now we can live fully every day. We don’t want to block our feelings. We aren’t afraid to opening up to new things and people.
And the more we open up, the happier we are. Our feelings are free. They bounce around. They don’t get stuck. We feel alive. Sure, we feel pain and fear sometimes. But we feel joy, love, and laughter too. And, more and more often, we feel alive.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, please help me live fully today. Help me notice my feelings.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll list five things I’ve enjoyed in the last twenty-four hours.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
A sudden flash of inspiration pulls you out in front of the pack, encouraging you to take charge at work. It’s impossible to know how assertive you should be now, yet thankfully, you might see the big picture from vantage points that often elude you. Don’t ignore the important details, but remember that you may not be able to micromanage your plan. You could be a fountain of ingenuity today, but try not to go wild in your desire to be unconventional. Find a way to fit your radical ideas into a practical container for the best results.