Daily Recovery Readings for November 25, 2017:
A POWERFUL TRADITION
In the years before the publication of the book, “Alcoholics Anonymous,” we had no name. . . . By a narrow majority the verdict was for naming our book “The Way Out.” . . . One of our early lone members . . . found exactly twelve books already titled “The Way Out.”. . . So “Alcoholics Anonymous” became first choice. That’s how we got a name for our book of experience, a name for our movement and, as we are now beginning to see, a tradition of the greatest spiritual import.
— “A.A. TRADITION: HOW IT DEVELOPED,” pp. 35-36
Beginning with Bill’s momentous decision in Akron to make a telephone call rather than a visit to the hotel bar, how often has a Higher Power made itself felt at crucial moments in our history! The eventual importance that the principle of anonymity would acquire was but dimly perceived, if at all, in those early days. There seems to have been an element of chance even in the choice of a name for our Fellowship.
God is no stranger to anonymity and often appears in human affairs in the guises of “luck,” “chance,” or “coincidence.” If anonymity, somewhat fortuitously, became the spiritual basis for all of our Traditions, perhaps God was acting anonymously on our behalf.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
At a certain point in the drinking of every alcoholic, he passes into a state where the most powerful desire to stop drinking is of absolutely no avail. This tragic situation has already arrived in practically every case long before it is suspected.
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, pg. 24~
Keep It Simple
Love is the reward of love.-–Johann von Schiller
When we used alcohol and other drugs, we shared little as possible. There was little love in our hearts. We had become selfish. This caused us to be lonely.
Then something happened to change all of that. Remember the first time you walked into a meeting? You were met by people who shared. Maybe they shared a smile, their story, or just a cup of coffee with you. The sharing that goes on in a Twelve Step program is great. We learn that the more we give, the more we get. We get well by giving to others. Helping others is a great way to hold on to sobriety. Love is the reward of love.
Prayer for the Day:
I pray that I will be there when others need me. I pray that service will become a big part of my program.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll think of friends who could use my help. I’ll talk to them and offer to be there for them.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You believe your logic is sound today, but you can’t be sure because you feel totally out of your element. Naturally, you prefer to lean on the facts, but there are missing parts of the story and you can’t make the larger pieces all fit into place now. Thankfully, you possess enough confidence to trust that everything will make sense over time — and it will. In the meantime, enjoy the unsolved puzzle without trying to force resolution. Lao Tzu wrote, “Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.”