Daily Recovery Readings for October 15, 2017:
MY CHECKLIST, NOT YOURS
Gossip barbed with our anger, a polite form of murder by character assassination, has its satisfactions for us, too. Here we are not trying to help those we criticize; we are trying to proclaim our own righteousness.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 67
Sometimes I don’t realize that I gossiped about someone until the end of the day, when I take an inventory of the day’s activities, and then, my gossiping appears like a blemish in my beautiful day. How could I have said something like that? Gossip shows its ugly head during a coffee break or lunch with business associates, or I may gossip during the evening, when I’m tired from the day’s activities, and feel justified in bolstering my ego at the expense of someone else. Character defects like gossip sneak into my life when I am not making a constant effort to work the Twelve Steps of recovery. I need to remind myself that my uniqueness is the blessing of my being, and that applies equally to everyone who crosses my path in life’s journey. Today the only inventory I need to take is my own. I’ll leave judgment of others to the Final Judge–Divine Providence.
Big Book Quote
We alcoholics are sensitive people. It takes some of us a long time to outgrow that serious handicap.
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Family Afterward, pg. 125~
Keep It Simple
Not to decide is to decide. —Harvey Cox
We are winners, because everyday we decide to stay sober. Every day we decide to listen to our Higher Power. We win by making active choices. We’ve stopped acting as if we have no choice. Our old way was to us by accident. Not true. We pretend we had no power. Also not true. We lost our power over alcohol and other drugs, but we still had the power to ask for help. Each time we used chemicals was a decision, just as to stay sober each day is a decision.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, thanks for giving me choices. I will not run from them. Help me make good choices. Help me decide every day to listen to you.
Action for the Day:
Not for one minute will I pretend I am a victim. I’ll face my choices squarely and decide.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You want to clear the air by talking about a sensitive issue today. But your thoughts might not see the light of day if someone cuts you off with an inconsiderate retort before you even finish a sentence. Nevertheless, you don’t need to follow your self-protective instincts now and give up. This is a test to see if you can separate your current experience from the memories connected with old fears. The shadows of your past need not darken the doorway to your future.