Daily Recovery Readings for August 18, 2017:
GETTING WELL, p.239
“Very deep, sometimes quite forgotten, damaging emotional conflicts persist below the level of consciousness.”
12 & 12, pp. 79-80
Only through positive action can I remove the remains of guilt and shame brought on by alcohol. Throughout my misadventures when I drank, my friends would say, “Why are you doing this? You’re only hurting yourself.” Little did I know how true were those
words. Although I harmed others, some of my behavior caused grave wounds to my soul. Step Eight provides me with a way of forgiving myself. I alleviate much of the hidden damage when I make my list of those I have hurt. In making amends, I free myself of burdens, thus contributing to my healing.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Our liquor was but a symptom.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 64~
Keep It Simple
The Master doesn’t talk, she acts. When her work is done, the people say, “Amazing: we did it, all by ourselves!”
Our Higher Power works like the Master. Quietly. In fact, we usually take the credit ourselves!
We’re like the child who bakes cookies for the first time. Mother found the recipe, bought the ingredients, and got out the bowl and pans and spoons. She told us what to do, and finished when we got tired. Then she cleaned up after us. We proudly served our cookies, saying, “I made them all by my self!”
In recovery, our Higher Power helps and teaches us every step of the way, just like a loving parent.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, thank-you —for my life, for my recovery, for love, for hope, and for faith. Thank-you for teaching me how to live in a better way.
Action for the Day:
I’ll list five ways my Higher Power has acted in my life.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You are rather thin-skinned today, possibly setting you up for a disappointment in a relationship. You want to know the source of the problem and ask questions to ferret out the missing information. Ironically, an emotionally cool response might be precipitated by your fear that something is wrong. Instead of looking for answers from anyone else, find a place of comfort in your heart. Author Ken Poirot wrote, “People spend their entire lives searching the world for the pieces that will make them whole, yet those pieces are only found within them.”