Daily Recovery Readings for September 20, 2017:
H.P. AS GUIDE
See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 164
Having a right relationship with God seemed to be an impossible order. My chaotic past had left me filled with guilt and remorse and I wondered how this “God business” could work. A.A. told me that I must turn my will and my life over to the care of God, as I understand Him. With nowhere else to turn, I went down on my knees and cried, “God, I can’t do this. Please help me!” It was when I admitted my powerlessness that a glimmer of light began to touch my soul, and then a willingness emerged to let God control my life. With Him as my guide, great events began to happen, and I found the beginning of sobriety.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
In some circumstances we have gone out deliberately to get drunk, feeling ourselves justified by nervousness, anger, worry, depression, jealousy or the like. But even in this type of beginning we are obliged to admit that our justification for a spree was insanely insufficient in the light of what always happened. We now see that when we began to drink deliberately, instead or casually, there was little serious or effective thought during the period of premeditation of what the terrific consequences might be.
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, More About Alcoholism, pg. 37~
Keep It Simple
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. —Mark Twain
Sometimes it does no good to try to “deal” with your feelings. For the moment, we’re stuck. We can only see things one way. No matter what anyone says, we’re closed up. For the moment. But this puts our sobriety at risk.
How do we stop self-pity? Focus on someone else. When we really want to help someone else be happy, we’ll ask our Higher Power’s help. Then things start to change, because our good deeds come back to us.
Remember, service will always keep us sober.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, sometimes I get stuck in my old ways. Help me change my focus at those times. Help me stay sober.
Action for the Day:
I will think of a time when I was stuck in bad feelings. How did I get out of that spot.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You might become so obsessed with a cause that you lose your objectivity and forget about the people around you today. You sound extremely intelligent when you passionately describe the global predicament from your perspective. The virtuous Virgo New Moon channels your attention to your 3rd House of Distractions, spreading your energy over a wide swathe of reality. Dr. Jane Goodall wrote, “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”