Daily Recovery Readings for September 29, 2017:
Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 89
A man came to the meeting drunk, interrupted the speakers, stood up and took his shirt off, staggered loudly back and forth for coffee, demanded to talk, and eventually called the group’s secretary an unquotable name and walked out. I was glad he was there – once again I saw what I had been like. But I also saw what I still am, and what I still could be. I don’t have to be drunk to want to be the exception and the center of attention. I have often felt abused and responded abusively when I was simply being treated as a garden variety human being. The more the man tried to insist he was different, the more I realized that he and I were exactly alike.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics.
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 89~
Keep It Simple
Remember how we used to live? We were always trying to cover up some lie or mistake.
We were all like Al. Our energy was going into our illness, not into living. Gratitude is the key word in the program. Gratitude is being thankful for the getting to know our Higher Power. Remember what it was like to not
smile for all those years?
Recovery has given us back our smiles. What a relief! We can relax and enjoy our new life.
Prayer for the Day:
I pray that I’ll always remember what is was like when I was using. I pray that I’ll not take my recovery for granted. I prayer for gratitude.
Action For the Day:
I will list all the things the program and recovery have given me. I will smile about them today.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You are fixated on a specific image that captures a romantic fantasy and you can’t get it out of your mind. Paradoxically, glimpses of perfect love vanish when you try to share your vision with someone else. In fact, the more you talk about it, the less clear it becomes. Luckily, communicator Mercury rides to the rescue once it enters objective Libra. Indulging your favorite dreams can be a pleasant diversion as long as you don’t confuse them with reality. Shakespeare wrote, “Expectation is the root of all heartache.”