Daily Recovery Readings for September 7, 2017:
“OUR SIDE OF THE STREET”
We are there to sweep off our side of the street, realizing that nothing worth while can be accomplished until we do so, never trying to tell him what he should do. His faults are not discussed. We stick to our own.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 77-78
I made amends to my dad soon after I quit drinking. My words fell on deaf ears since I had blamed him for my troubles. Several months later I made amends to my dad again. This time I wrote a letter in which I did not blame him nor mention his faults. It worked, and at last, I understood! My side of the street is all that I’m responsible for and — thanks to God and A.A. — it’s clean for today.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“…the actual or potential alcoholic, with hardly an exception, will be absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of self knowledge. This is a point we wish to emphasize and re emphasize, to smash home upon our alcoholic readers as it has been revealed to us out of bitter experience.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, More About Alcoholism, pg. 39~
Keep It Simple
A lair needs a good memory. — Quintilian
Many of us wasted a lot of energy trying to keep track of whom we had told what. For example, we’d tell our boss one story and our family another. Then we’d work hard to make sure they never met. How wonderful to be done with that way of life! We now have a life based on honesty. We can now be ourselves where we go. Our program tells us that to get sober, we must live a life of strict honesty. Honesty is our rule to get and stay sober. Life is much more simple this way. We can relax and think of the happy details of life.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me to live honestly. Being honest brings me closer to You. Help me become closer to You.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll read the first three pages of Chapter Five in Alcoholics Anonymous (Third Edition). Here, I’ll learn why honesty is so important to my recovery.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You understand the importance of initiating action, yet you may be concerned that you’re reacting too quickly. The truth is you might not get as much finished in the long run if you throw caution to the wind today. Nevertheless, you could err on the other side of the equation and let a wonderful opportunity pass without seizing it. Obviously, your secret sauce du jour can’t be too hot or too cool. Everything will eventually turn out in your favor if you can figure out what is “just right.” Just like Goldilocks, you too can find the sweet spot if you’re persistent.