Daily Recovery Readings for August 25, 2017:
THE GIFT OF BONDING
“Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will.” ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS , p. 63
Many times in my alcoholic state, I drank to establish a bond between myself and others, but I succeeded only in establishing the bondage of alcoholic loneliness. Through the A.A. way of life, I have received the gift of bonding – with those who were there before me, with those who are there now, and with those yet to come. For this gracious gift from God, I am forever grateful.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Without knowing it, had we not been brought to where we stood by a certain kind of faith? For did we not believe in our own reasoning? Did we not have confidence in our ability to think? What was that but a sort of faith? Yes, we had been faithful, abjectly faithful to the God of Reason. So, in one way or another, we discovered that faith had been involved all the time!”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 53~
Keep It Simple
In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.—Friedrick Nietzsche
All of us have a child inside. We may see that child as a friend or as a enemy. Many of us were taught that growing up meant doing away with our inner child. It was as if being a child was bad and being an adult was good. If we try to be only an adult, the child cries, ”Let me run free and show you the beauty of the world.” If we try to be only a child, we find the adult in using us saying, “It’s time to grow up.”
Let’s find a balance. Remember, the adult needs the wonder found in the eyes of the child. Remember, the child needs the loving care of the adult. The child lives where we find our spirit. Our Higher Power is the prefect balance of the two.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me be both the child and the adult. I need both.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll make time to be a child and to be an adult.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Frustration sets in when you feel as if you’re at the end of your rope. It’s a tough position, but you realize there is nowhere productive to go from here. Instead of setting new goals now, retrace your steps until you rediscover your center. You can go pretty much anywhere once you reestablish your equilibrium. Never underestimate your strength; never overestimate your weakness.