Daily Recovery Readings for October 18, 2017:
AN OPEN MIND
True humility and an open mind can lead us to faith, . . .
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 33
My alcoholic thinking led me to believe that I could control my drinking, but I couldn’t. When I came to A.A., I realized that God was speaking to me through my group. My mind was open just enough to know that I needed His help. A real, honest acceptance of A.A. took more time, but with it came humility. I know how insane I was, and I am extremely grateful to have my sanity restored to me and to be a sober alcoholic. The new, sober me is a much better person than I ever could have been without A.A.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
We families of Alcoholics Anonymous keep few skeletons in the closet. Everyone knows about the others alcoholic troubles. This is a condition which, in ordinary life, would produce untold grief; there might be scandalous gossip, laughter at the expense of other
people, and a tendency to take advantage of the intimate information. Among us, these are rare occurrences. We do talk about each other a great deal, but we almost invariably temper such talk by a spirit of love and tolerance.
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Family Afterward, pg. 125~
Keep It Simple
When people bother you in any way, it is because their souls are trying to get your divine attention and your blessing. –Catherine Ponder
We are in constant communication with one another and with God in the spiritual realm. No matter how singular our particular course may appear, our path is running parallel to many paths. And all paths will intersect when the need is present. The point of intersection is the moment when another soul seeks our attention. We can be attentive and loving to the people seeking our attention. Their growth and ours is at stake,
We can be grateful for our involvement with other lives. We can be mindful that our particular blessing is like no one else’s and that we all need input from the many significant persons in our lives. There is no insignificant encounter in our passage through life. Each juncture with someone else is part of the destiny of both participants.
I will look carefully and lovingly at the people around me today and bless them, one and all. They are in my life because they need to be. I, likewise, need them.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You are dead serious about being playful today. In fact, you might try to schedule your spontaneity if you thought it was possible. The truth is you are more likely to act on a whim if you’re already taking a planned break. In any event, you will be happier when you communicate your feelings through some kind of creative expression, whether or not it is productive. Theologian Thomas Merton wrote, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”