Daily Recovery Readings for July 31, 2017:
A PRAYER FOR ALL SEASONS
God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, Courage to change the things we can, And wisdom to know the difference. — TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 125
The power of this prayer is overwhelming in that its simple beauty parallels the A.A. Fellowship. There are times when I get stuck while reciting it, but if I examine the section which is troubling me, I find the answer to my problem. The first time this happened I was scared, but now I use it as a valuable tool. By accepting life as it is, I gain serenity. By taking action, I gain courage and I thank God for the ability to distinguish between those situations I can work on, and those I must turn over. All that I have now is a gift from God: my life, my usefulness, my contentment, and this program. The serenity enables me to continue walking forward.
Alcoholics Anonymous is the easier, softer way.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you. At the start, this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth, to effect our first conscious relation with God as we understood Him. Afterward, we found ourselves accepting many things which then seemed entirely out of reach. That was growth, but if we wished to grow we had to begin somewhere. So we used our own conception, however limited it was.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 47~
Keep It Simple
Less is more.—Mies Vander Rohe
Our program is simple. It has four equal parts: sobriety, fellowship, service, and faith.
Sobriety means we don’t use alcohol or drugs any more.
Fellowship means we let people into our lives. We work at having a life that’s rich with friends.
Service means we help when we see the need. It means knowing we have much to offer.
Faith means we believe in a loving, caring Higher Power. It means using our Higher Power as a guide in life.
Ours is a simple, easy program. Just remember sobriety, fellowship, service and faith.
Prayer for the Day:
I pray that I may keep my program simple. I pray for sobriety, fellowship, service, and faith.
Action for the Day:
Throughout the day, I’ll remind myself that less is more.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
The cosmos is providing you with a heightened sense of belonging now, adding another layer of depth to a current relationship or introducing a new love interest into your life. A romance that slowly simmers while vulnerable Venus is camped out in your sign emphasizes tender caring rather than a sudden head-over-heels infatuation. There may not be any showy fireworks today, but your feelings can run very deep, nonetheless. Author H. Jackson Brown, Jr. wrote, “Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.”