Daily Recovery Readings for August 23, 2017:
BRINGING THE MESSAGE HOME
Can we bring the same spirit of love and tolerance into our sometimes deranged family lives that we bring to our A.A. group?
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp.111-12
My family members suffer from the effects of my disease. Loving and accepting them as they are just as I love and accept A.A. members—fosters a return of love, tolerance and harmony to my life. Using common courtesy and respecting others’ personal boundaries are necessary practices for all areas of my life.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Though there is no way of proving it, we believe that early in our drinking careers most of us could have stopped drinking. But the difficulty is that few alcoholics have enough desire to stop while there is yet time.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, More About Alcoholism, pg. 32
Keep It Simple
Where there is no vision, a people perish.—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Working our program teaches us to see things more clearly. We learn to look at who we really are. At first, we’re scared to see ourselves. But it turns out okay, even though were not perfect.
We also begin to see others more clearly. We see good in people we don’t like. And we see faults in people we thought we’re prefect. But we don’t judge people anymore. Nobody is perfect. Just as our program friends accept us as we are, we learn to accept others.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, sometimes I don’t like what I see. Help me to believe Your way will for me. Help me have a vision.
Action for the Day:
I will use my new way of seeing thing to avoid trouble today.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Replaying experiences with your siblings or childhood friends within the safety of your own mind can open the door to a cascade of memories. There is so much raw material feeding your soul today, you may have trouble sorting through all the special moments that vividly rush back to life. Thankfully, revisiting your past can bring happiness to your heart now. Owens Lee Pomeroy quipped, “Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect!”