Daily Recovery Readings for December 22, 2017:
PRINCIPLES, NOT PERSONALITIES
The way our “worthy” alcoholics have sometimes tried to judge the “less worthy” is, as we look back on it, rather comical. Imagine, if you can, one alcoholic judging another!
THE LANGUAGE OF THE HEART, p. 37
Who am I to judge anyone? When I first entered the Fellowship I found that I liked everyone. After all, A.A. was going to help me to a better way of life without alcohol. The reality was that I couldn’t possibly like everyone, nor they me. As I’ve grown in the Fellowship, I’ve learned to love everyone just from listening to what they had to
say. That person over there, or the one right here, may be the one God has chosen to give me the message I need for today. I must always remember to place principles above personalities.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and you will presently live in a new and wonderful world, no matter what your present circumstances!”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 100
Keep It Simple
It is possible to be different and still be right.–Anne Wilson Schaef
Each of us is special. In some ways we’re all different. It’s a good thing too. We’d be bored if we were all the same. Sometimes though, we try to hide the special things about us. We don’t want to be “different.”
But the ways that we’re different makes us special. Others have a knack of fixing things. Some of us make beautiful art. Others are great with kids. Our Higher Power made us as different, as unique, as beautiful snowflakes.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me use my special gifts the way You want me to. Help me be thankful that You have given me something special to share with others.
Action for the Day:
I’ll think of one thing about me that’s special. I’ll talk with my sponsor about it.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Performing the simplest tasks requires extra effort today. You might even feel as if you’re not making any progress at all as mental Mercury stands still in your 6th House of Work. Thankfully, you can still be productive in spite of the awkward pace. Instead of intensifying your frustration by trying to concentrate on one thing at a time, cut yourself some slack and take short breaks throughout the day. Ironically, the change of tempo might be all you need to find your center and regain your focus.