Daily Recovery Readings for December 15, 2017:
DOING ANYTHING TO HELP
Offer him [the alcoholic] friendship and fellowship. Tell him that if he wants to get well you will do anything to help.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 95
I remember how attracted I was to the two men from A.A. who Twelfth-Stepped me. They said I could have what they had, with no conditions attached, that all I had to do was make my own decision to join them on the pathway to recovery. When I start convincing a newcomer to do things my way, I forget how helpful those two men were to me in
their open-minded generosity.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, pg. 20
Keep It Simple
As ass is beautiful to an ass, and a pig to a pig.— English proverb.
When we see someone drunk and out of control, can we see the beautiful person inside them?
If we can’t, who will? Step Twelve reminds us that we have to help the alcoholic or other drug addict who suffers. This task has been given to us because we, most of all, should be able to look past the drunkenness and see the person. We were there. We know what it’s like to be trapped in a world without meaning. If these memories have faded, we may need to go back over Step One. We may find ourselves angry with the practicing drunk or other drug addict. This is a sign that we have gotten too far from our past. Remember, “But for the grace of God…”
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, Help me remember my past and what it’s like now. This helps me care about the person who still suffers.
Action for the Day: Today, I’ll respect my illness. I’ll look for the beauty inside every drunk and other drug addict.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You know where your current routines fall short of your highest ideals and you truly want to improve your lifestyle. You might share your ideas about cleaning up your diet, but verbalizing your intentions is not the same as putting a plan into action. Unfortunately, you could talk yourself out of initiating a healthier regimen because of a past failure. However, experience is the best teacher. Just start small and watch the benefits grow over time.