Daily Recovery Readings for August 11, 2017:
REMOVING “THE GROUND GLASS”
The moral inventory is a cool examination of the damages that occurred to us during life and a sincere effort to look at them in a true perspective. This has the effect of taking the ground glass out of us, the emotional substance that still cuts and inhibits.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 140
My Eighth Step list used to drag me into a whirlpool of resentment. After four years of sobriety, I was blocked by denial connected with an ongoing abusive relationship. The argument between fear and pride eased as the words of the Step moved from my head to my heart. For the first time in years, I opened my box of paints and poured out an honest rage, an explosion of reds and blacks and yellows. As I looked at the drawing, tears of joy and relief flowed down my cheeks. In my disease, I had given up my art, a self-inflicted punishment far greater than any imposed from outside. In my recovery, I learned that the pain of my defects is the very substance God uses to cleanse my character and to set me free.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“We are like the passengers of a great liner the moment after rescue from shipwreck when camaraderie, joyousness, and democracy pervade the vessel from steerage to Captain’s table. Unlike the feelings of the ship’s passengers, however, our joy in escape from disaster does not subside as we go our individual ways. The feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us. But that in itself would never have held us together as we are now joined.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, pg. 17~
Keep It Simple
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you’re still a rat.-— Lily Tomlin
Alcoholism is rat race. Drug addiction is a rat race. We were always trying to keep one or two steps ahead of the cat. We were always sneaking around, and everyone was disgusted with us.
Our goal in recovery is stop acting like a rat and join the human race again. Recovery teaches us sayings like Easy Does It and One Day At a Time. Our sayings remind us to pace ourselves. Our sayings remind us that healing takes time.
We live by human values: honesty, respect from others, fairness, openness, self-respect. We work at just being ourselves. We learn that this is enough. We are enough.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me accept my humanness. I am part of the human race, not the rat race.
Action for the Day:
Just for today, I’ll pace myself. I’ll list ways I often go to fast for my own good. I’ll ask friends how they pace themselves.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You want to make life easier for those you love, but sometimes your professional responsibilities get in the way. The spontaneous Aries Moon floods your 10th House of Career, shifting your attention to the larger issue of whether or not to reveal your feelings on the job. There are two distinct schools of thought; some say keep your personal business out of the workplace and others advise you to bring your whole self into the office. Ultimately, the choice is yours. Tycoon Richard Branson wrote, “Engage your emotions at work. Your instincts and emotions are there to help you.”