Daily Recovery Readings for October 16, 2017:
THROUGHOUT EACH DAY
This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84
During my early years in A.A. I saw Step Ten as a suggestion that I periodically look at my behavior and reactions. If there was something wrong, I should admit it; if an apology was necessary, I should give one. After a few years of sobriety I felt I should undertake a self-examination more frequently. Not until several more years of sobriety had elapsed did I realize the full meaning of Step Ten, and the word “continued.” “Continued” does not mean occasionally, or frequently. It means throughout each day.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
The alcoholic may find it hard to re-establish friendly relations with his children. Their young minds were impressionable while he was drinking. Without saying so, they may cordially hate him for what he has done to them and to their mother. The children are sometimes dominated by a pathetic hardness and cynicism. They cannot seem to forgive and forget. This may hang on for months, long after their mother has accepted dad’s new way of living and thinking.
In time they will see that he is a new man and in their own way they will let him know it.
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Family Afterward, pg. 134~
Keep It Simple
To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you’re overdoing it. –Josh Jenkins
It’s okay to make mistakes. But we shouldn’t live a life of excuses. We shouldn’t slide over our mistakes; we should learn from them.
Excuses keep us part from ourselves and others. People don’t trust us if we won’t admit and accept our mistakes.
Relying on excuses dooms us to repeat the same mistakes.
In recovery, we admit and accept our behavior. We do this by continuing to take an inventory of our lives. We do this so we can learn from our mistakes. “Owning” our mistakes helps us grow.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me own my mistakes. Thank-you for Step Ten and the growth it holds for me.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll list my five favorite excuses. I’ll think of the last time I used each of these. What was I trying to avoid.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You are torn between hard work and no work today. The pleasure-seeking Libra Sun tempts you to put up your feet and kick back, even if there are plenty of chores calling your name now. But the Sun’s non-negotiable alignment with dutiful Saturn in your 6th House of Logistics reminds you that it’s disrespectful not to show up when others expect you to hold up your end of the deal. Unfortunately, you can’t call it quits until you meet your obligations. Author Seth Godin writes, “Keep starting until you finish.”