Daily Recovery Readings for November 11, 2017:
We know that God lovingly watches over us. We know that when we turn to Him, all will be well with us, here and hereafter.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 105
I pray for the willingness to remember that I am a child of God, a divine soul in human form, and that my most basic and urgent life-task is to accept, know, love and nurture myself. As I accept myself, I am accepting God’s will. As I know and love myself, I am knowing and loving God. As I nurture myself I am acting on God’s guidance.
I pray for the willingness to let go of my arrogant self-criticism, and to praise God by humbly accepting and caring for myself.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
So our rule is not to avoid a place where there is drinking, if we have a legitimate reason for being there. That includes bars, nightclubs, dances, receptions, weddings, even plain ordinary whoopee parties. To a person who has had experience with an alcoholic, this may seem like tempting Providence, but it isn’t.
You will note that we made an important qualification. Therefore, ask yourself on each occasion, Have I any good social, business, or personal reason for going to this place? Or am I expecting to steal a little vicarious pleasure from the atmosphere of such places?’ If you answer these questions satisfactorily, you need have no apprehension. Go or stay away, whichever seems best. But be sure you are on solid spiritual ground before you start and that your motive in going is thoroughly good. Do not think of what you will get out of the occasion. Think of what you can bring to it. But if you are shaky, you had better work with another alcoholic instead.
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 101
Keep It Simple
Have the courage to live; anyone can die.—Robert Cody
Living means facing all of life. Life is joy and sorrow. We used to be people who wanted the joy without the sorrow. But we can learn from hard times, maybe more than we do in easy times. Often, getting through hard times helps us grow. When things get tough, maybe we want to turn and run. Then, a gentle voice from within us say, “I am with you. You have friends who will help.” If we listen, we’ll hear our Higher Power. This is what is meant by “conscious contact” in Step eleven. As this conscious contact grows, our courage grows. And we find the strength to face hard times.
Prayer for the Day:
I pray for the strength and courage to live. I pray that I’ll never have to face hard time alone again.
Action for the Day:
I’ll list two examples of conscious contact” in my life.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You crave more freedom at work but the nature of your commitments may prevent you from reaching your goal. You’re unwilling to sacrifice financial security for the sake of independence. Nevertheless, you’re probably seeing the options in terms of all or nothing. The real challenge now is to find ways to express yourself when you’re not on the job. Achieving satisfaction means balancing your need for personal fulfillment with meeting your ongoing responsibilities. Author Joshua L. Liebman wrote, “Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values.”