Daily Recovery Readings for September 9, 2017:
OPENING NEW DOORS
They [the Promises] are being fulfilled among us — sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84
The Promises talked about in this passage are slowly coming to life for me. What has given me hope is putting Step Nine into action. The Step has allowed me to see and set goals for myself in recovery.
Old habits and behaviors die hard. Working Step Nine enables me to close the door on the drunk I was, and to open new avenues for myself as a sober alcoholic. Making direct amends is crucial for me. As I repair relationships and behavior of the past, I am better able to live a sober life!
Although I have some years of sobriety, there are times when the “old stuff’ from the past needs to be taken care of, and Step Nine always works, when I work it.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Sometimes we hear an alcoholic say that the only thing he needs to do is to keep sober. Certainly he must keep sober, for there will be no home if he doesnt. But he is yet a long way from making good to the wife or parents whom for years he has so shockingly treated.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 82~
Keep It Simple
One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears—by listening to them.
We hate being told what to think. We like to make up our own minds.
It helps to talk things out with another person who, listens to us.
Someone who care what we think.
We can give this respect to others. We can listen their point of view.
We can try to understand them and care about what they think.
When we do this, others start to care what we think too. We share ideas.
The ideas get a little more clear. They change a little. We get a little
closer to agreement. We both feel good.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me know when to listen and when to talk today. Work for me and though me. Thanks.
Action for the Day: Today, I’ll look for chances to listen to others when I really want to talk. I’ll say, “Tell me more about that.” And I’ll listen.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Relationships are no simple matter now, even if everything appears to be copacetic. You can tell that the story of your life is unfolding on two distinct levels. Interactions with those you love are passionate today, teaching you important lessons about your heart. However, there’s an entirely different dialogue occurring within your mind that’s questioning your shared experiences. Fortunately, there’s no need to decide which one is more real than the other; they both possess their own relevance. John Lennon said, “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”