Daily Recovery Readings for September 30, 2017:
THE CIRCLE AND THE TRIANGLE
The circle stands for the whole world of A.A., and the triangle stands for A.A.’s Three Legacies of Recovery, Unity, and Service. Within our wonderful new world, we have found freedom from our fatal obsession.
— A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 139
Early in my A.A. life, I became employed in its services and I found the explanation of our society’s logo to be very appropriate. First, a circle of love and service with a well-balanced triangle inside, the base of which represents our Recovery through the Twelve Steps. Then the other two sides, representing Unity and Service, respectively. The three sides of the triangle are equal. As I grew in A.A. I soon identified myself with this symbol. I am the circle, and the sides of the triangle represent three aspects of my personality: physical, emotional sanity, and spirituality, the latter forming the symbol’s base. Taken together, all three aspects of my personality translate into a sober and happy life.
Big Book Quote
Upon therapy for the alcoholic himself, we surely have no monopoly. Yet is is our great hope that all those who have as yet found no answer may begin to find one in the pages of this book and will presently join us on the high road to a new freedom.
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Foreword To Second Edition, pg.
Keep It Simple
If we follow the Twelve Steps, we’ll leave failure behind. We may have tried and tired to be sober, good people, but failed if we were doing it our way. Now is the time to stop listening to ourselves and start listening to pros, those who have gone before us.
When we follow their lead, exciting changes happen. First we stay sober. We regain self-respect. We meet people we respect and become friends. Our families start to trust us again. And why? Because we gave up doing it our way and listened. We listened to the experts.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, allow me to become an expert listener.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll find someone I respect and ask how they work their program. I’ll ask them to share their wisdom.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You may head out for a little adventure on your own today. You are eager to do something special with your newfound sense of freedom. Although you might miss the company of your loved ones, being able to do whatever you want without waiting for approval is exhilarating. Testing your limits encourages your personal growth, but you look forward to returning to the safety of your nest later on. Balancing your current desire to stretch your wings with your need for emotional security brings satisfaction on both sides of the equation.