Daily Recovery Readings for November 2, 2017:
KEEPING OPTIMISM AFLOAT
The other Steps can keep most of us sober and somehow functioning. But Step Eleven can keep us growing, . . .
— THE LANGUAGE OF THE HEART, p. 240
A sober alcoholic finds it much easier to be optimistic about life. Optimism is the natural result of my finding myself gradually able to make the best, rather than the worst, of each situation. As my physical sobriety continues, I come out of the fog, gain a clearer perspective and am better able to determine what courses of action to take. As vital as physical sobriety is, I can achieve a greater potential for myself by developing an ever-increasing willingness to avail myself of the guidance and direction of a Higher Power. My ability to do so comes from my learning—and practicing—the principles of the A.A. program. The melding of my physical and spiritual sobriety produces the substance of a more positive life.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
<b><u>Big Book Quote</u></b>
The basic principles of the A.A. program, it appears, hold good for individuals with many different lifestyles, just as the program has brought recovery to those of many different nationalities. The Twelve Steps that summarize the program may be called los Doce Pasos in one country, les Douze Etapes in another, but they trace exactly the same path to recovery that was blazed by the earliest members of Alcoholics Anonymous.
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Foreward To Third Edition, Page
<b><u>Keep It Simple</u></b>
. . .praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
–Second half of Step Eleven
Step Eleven teaches us how to pray. We pray for God’s will to replace ours. Our will got us in trouble. God’s will guides us to simple serenity. We pray for power to live a spiritual life. This is important, for it takes much strength and courage to live a spiritual life.
The sober path is not always easy. It takes self-discipline. We have to say no to our self-will. We follow God’s will for us. The rewards are great. We get sobriety. We get serenity. We get friendship. We regain our family. We get a deep, loving relationship with a Higher Power who wants peace and joy for us and for the world.
Prayer for the Day:
Dear Higher Power, I pray the words of Step Eleven. I pray to know Your will for me. And I pray that I have the power to carry out Your will.
Action for the Day:
I will examine my life. I will look to see how my will gets in the way of God’s will.
<b><u>Daily Horoscope – Cancer</u></b>
Your dreams are alive and well today; although they reflect your hopes for the future, they can also contain unrealistic goals. Unfortunately, you may contribute to setting yourself up for failure unless you practice self-restraint before getting in over your head. Be particularly wary of any sudden shifts in your thinking. A brilliant idea that arrives like a stroke of lightning may be exhilarating, but it could quickly steer you off course. Decide on a realistic path into the future and save the exciting breakthroughs for another day. Author Nilesh Rathod wrote, “What good is speed without the ability to brake?”