Daily Recovery Readings for September 26, 2017:
The alcoholic may find it hard to re-establish friendly relations with his children. . . . In time they will see that he is a new man and in their own way they will let him know it. . . . From that point on, progress will be rapid. Marvelous results often follow such a reunion.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 134
While on the road to recovery I received a gift that could not be purchased. It was a card from my son in college, saying, “Dad, you can’t imagine how glad I am that everything is okay. Happy Birthday, I love you.” My son had told me that he loved me before. It had been during the previous Christmas holidays, when he had said to me, while crying, “Dad, I love you! Can’t you see what you’re doing to yourself?” I couldn’t. Choked with emotion, I had cried, but this time, when I received my son’s card, my tears were tears of joy, not desperation.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us.
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 77~
Keep It Simple
The distance doesn’t matter; only the first step is difficult.—Mme. Marquise du Deffand
During our addiction, we were on a path leading to death—death of our
spirit, mind, and body.
On that path, we tired not to think about where it would lead. We didn’t want to get there. We just followed the path toward death, with one drink, pill, snort or toke at a time.
Now we’ve chosen a new path for our lives. Making that choice was hard.
We knew only the old path. We were afraid to change. But we did it. That
was the hardest part.
We are excited to follow our new path. We know it leads to good things.
We can follow the map—the Twelve Steps—and enjoy the trip. It will last as long as we live, and the map will guide us.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, thanks for helping me choose the path of life.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll study the map for my life by reading the Twelve Steps.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You might become overwhelmed when you see too many distinct possibilities in your future. You wish life was simpler now, but you are resigned to work your way through this nexus of opportunities. Instead of trying to choose one path, reverse the process by eliminating the options that are the least attractive. Narrowing down your choices makes it much easier to proceed. Starve your distractions; feed your focus.