DR – November 13, 2017

Daily Recovery Readings for November 13, 2017:

<b><u>Daily Reflection</u></b>

LOOKING OUTWARD

We ask especially for freedom from self-will, and are careful to make no requests for
ourselves only. We may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped. We are
careful never to pray for our own selfish ends.

~ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 87

As an active alcoholic, I allowed selfishness to run rampant in my life. I was so attached
to my drinking and other selfish habits that people and moral principles came second.
Now, when I pray for the good of others rather than my “own selfish ends,” I practice a
discipline in letting go of selfish attachments, caring for my fellows and preparing for the
day when I will be required to let go of all earthly attachments.

From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

<b><u>Big Book Quote</u></b>

Assuming we are spiritually fit, we can do all sorts of things alcoholics are not supposed to do. People have said we must not go where liquor is served; we must not have it in our homes; we must shun friends who drink; we must avoid moving pictures which show drinking scenes; we must not go into bars; our friends must hide their bottles if we go to their houses; we mustn’t think or be reminded about alcohol at all. Our experience shows that this is not necessarily so.

We meet these conditions every day. An alcoholic who cannot meet them, still has an alcoholic mind; there is something the matter with his spiritual status.

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 100~

<b><u>Keep It Simple</u></b>

Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present.
—Anonymous

We addicts often learn things the hard way. In the past, we found it very hard to take advice from anyone. It’s still hard to take advice, but it’s getting easier every day. We know now that we can’t handle everything in life by ourselves. We’ve come to believe there is help of us. And we’re learning to ask for help and advice.

Sometimes we don’t like the advice we get. We don’t have to use it. But if it comes from people who love and understand us, we can try to listen. Write it down. Think about it. It may make sense another day.

Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, please work through people who love me. I need your advice. Help me listen to it.

Action for the Day:
I will make notes to myself, writing down things that seem important. I will read them once in a while.

<b><u>Daily Horoscope – Cancer</u></b>

Your heart is smiling today because you’re able to feel the love within as well as the love directed your way. You are passionate when you talk about something that’s important to you and your exuberance is contagious. People don’t only want to know the facts; they also want to hear you tell an evocative tale of personal redemption now, whether or not it’s completely true. Terry Pratchett wrote, “If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.”

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