Daily Recovery Readings for December 13, 2017:
THINKING OF OTHERS
Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 20
Thinking of others has never come easily to me. Even when I try to work the A.A. program, I’m prone to thinking, “How do I feel today. Am I happy, joyous and free?”
The program tells me that my thoughts must reach out to those around me: “Would that newcomer welcome someone to talk to?” “That person looks a little unhappy today, maybe I could cheer him up.” It is only when I forget my problems, and reach out to contribute something to others that I can begin to attain the serenity and God-consciousness I seek.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“An alcoholic in his cups is an unlovely creature.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Bill’s Story, pg. 16~
Keep It Simple
Live and Let Live–AA slogan
In our addiction, we didn’t care. We didn’t care about other people, even though we wanted to. We just didn’t come through for them in ways that mattered. We didn’t care for ourselves. We let bad things happen to us. We didn’t care about living. We set no goals, had no fun, smelled no flowers.
In our recovery, we do care. We care about others, ourselves, and life. Our spirits are on the move again.
There’s life in our hearts. Our bodies are getting well. And we’re daring to dream. We’re living!
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, put some life and energy into me today. Help me love my new life.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll focus on being alive. As I breathe in, I’ll gather more and more life energy from nature.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Although you already have a busy work schedule today, you can’t ignore your muse when she stops by for a visit. You might not like the timing of your creative urges, but something tells you that you must respond immediately when the waves of inspiration wash over you. Nevertheless, you can’t walk away from your regular responsibilities since they won’t take care of themselves on their own. Cicero wrote, “Whether it’s public or private life, nothing is devoid of moral obligations.”