Daily Recovery Readings for October 11, 2017:
Our first objective will be the development of self-restraint.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 91
My drive to work provides me with an opportunity for self-examination. One day while making this trip, I began to review my progress in sobriety and was not happy with what I saw. I hoped that, as the workday progressed, I would forget these troublesome thoughts, but as one disappointment after another kept coming, my discontent only increased, and the pressures within me kept mounting.
I retreated to an isolated table in the lounge and asked myself how I could make the most of the rest of the day. In the past, when things went wrong, I instinctively wanted to fight back. But during the short time, I had been trying to live the A.A. program I had learned to step back and take a look at myself. I recognized that, although I was not the person I wanted to be, I had learned to not react in my old ways. Those old patterns of behavior only brought sorrow and hurt, to me and to others. I returned to my workstation, determined to make the day a productive one, thanking God for the chance to make progress that day.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
We have three little mottoes which are apropos.
Here they are:
First Things First
Live and Let Live
Easy Does It.
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Family Afterward, pg. 135~
Keep It Simple
May you live all the days of your life. ––Jonathan Swift
The truth is, life is hard. Accepting this fact will make it easier. Remember how well it worked in Step One? Once we admitted and that we were powerless over alcohol and other drugs, we were given the power to recover. It works the same with life’s problems.
We can spend a lot of energy trying to avoid life’s hardships. But our program teaches us to use the same energy to solve our problems. Problems are chances to better ourselves and become more spiritual. We have a choice: we can either use our energy to avoid problems, or we can face them. When we stop wasting energy, we start to feel more sure of ourselves.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, life is to be lived, both the easy and the hard parts. Help me face and learn from it all.
Action for the Day:
I’ll work at not complaining about how hard life is. I’ll take the same energy and us it to solve problems I may face.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You want to be judged in a positive manner by your coworkers today. Unfortunately, they might be stressing you out with too many demands, making it difficult to do your job successfully. Although there is a lot on your plate, you may also be overly sensitive now that the moody Moon is back in your sign. Don’t get sidetracked by self-judgment since it sets up a negative dynamic between you and everyone else. Establish realistic goals for the day and progress steadily toward them without worrying about what others think. Let your work speak for itself.