Daily Recovery Readings for September 5, 2017:
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, . . .
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 83
When I survey my drinking days, I recall many people whom my life touched casually, but whose days I troubled through my anger and sarcasm. These people are untraceable, and direct amends to them are not possible. The only amends I can make to those untraceable individuals, the only “changes for the better” I can offer, are indirect amends made to other people, whose paths briefly cross mine. Courtesy and kindness, regularly practiced, help me to live in emotional balance, at peace with myself.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
Psychologists are inclined to agree with us. We have spent thousands of dollars for examinations. We know but few instances where we have given these doctors a fair break. We have seldom told them the whole truth nor have we followed their advice. Unwilling to be honest with these sympathetic men, we were honest with no one else. Small wonder many in the medical profession have a low opinion of alcoholics and their chance for recovery.
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 73~
Keep It Simple
I have never seen a greater monster or miracle than myself.—-Montaigne
We know we’ve hurt people. We’ve heard our family cry out from pain we’ve caused them. Because of alcohol and other drugs, we acted like monsters.
But we now live surrounded with love. We now work to make this world better. Recovery is a miracle. The rebirth of our spirit is our miracle.
It’s no wonder we love life the way we do! We’ve been given a second chance. Our joy is overflowing. Our Higher Power must love us very much.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me with the monster that lives within me. I pray it will never again be let out.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll see myself as a miracle. I’ll be grateful for my new life.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
A recent bout with self-doubt has brought you into new territory. Although you’re unsure about what stretches out in front of you, you’re certain that there’s no way to return to your old familiar ground. Oddly enough, your worry about facing the unknown is tempered with a dose of excitement now. Don’t try to resolve all the tension; instead channel your current stress into your work where it will have the greatest positive impact. Author Mark Danielewski wrote, “Maturity, one discovers, has everything to do with the acceptance of not knowing.”