Daily Recovery Readings for October 13, 2017:
Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. We discuss them with someone immediately and make amends quickly if we have harmed anyone. Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84
The immediate admission of wrong thoughts or actions is a tough task for most human beings, but for recovering alcoholics like me it is difficult because of my propensity toward ego, fear and pride. The freedom the A.A. program offers me becomes more abundant when, through unremitting inventories of myself, I admit, acknowledge and accept responsibility for my wrong-doing. It is possible then for me to grow into a deeper and better understanding of humility. My willingness to admit when the fault is mine facilitates the progression of my growth and helps me to become more understanding and helpful to others.
Big Book Quote
“Those of us who have spent much time in the world of spiritual make-believe have eventually seen the childishness of it. This dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives. We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth. That is where our fellow travelers are, and that is where our work must be done. These are the realities for us. We have found nothing incompatible between a powerful spiritual experience and a life of sane and happy usefulness.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Family Afterward, pg. 130
Keep It Simple
Keep It Simple
Self-pity is one of the most dangerous forms of self-centeredness. It fogs our vision. —Kathy S.
Sometimes we get stuck in our own way of seeing things. We may feel as if everything that happens, happens to us or for us. If it rains, we may think about our ruined picnic and not about the dry fields that need the rain. We need to focus on the big picture. This keeps us from becoming self-centered. If it rains, we’ll gather indoors and be glad for the farmers. When we do our part, things go well. When we don’t we feel it. Every else feels it too.
Self pity keeps us from doing our part.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me see myself as a big part of the picture. My job is just is to do my part.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll think about how I fit in with my Higher Power, my family, the place I work, my community. Do I do my part?
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You’re concerned with the fundamentals today, like managing your money or aintaining your car. However, this orientation toward the material world is symbolic of a deeper need to take care of your inner world. Your spiritual pursuits might not be obvious to others now, but they are a significant factor in your current search for contentment. Nevertheless, the truth may remain elusive until you commit to continuing your quest for meaning. Nobel laureate Dr. Linus Pauling said, “Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.”