Daily Recovery Readings for December 27, 2017:
THE JOY OF LIVING
. . . therefore the joy of good living is the theme of A.A.’s Twelfth Step.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 125
A.A. is a joyful program! Even so, I occasionally balk at taking the necessary steps to move ahead, and find myself resisting the very actions that could bring about the joy I want. I would not resist if those actions did not touch some vulnerable area of my life, an area that needs hope and fulfillment. Repeated exposure to joyfulness has a way of softening the hard, outer edges of my ego. Therein lies the power of joyfulness to help all members of A.A.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Those having religious affiliations will find here nothing disturbing to their beliefs or ceremonies. There is no friction among us over such matters.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, Page 28~
Keep It Simple
Many people are living in an emotional jail without recognizing it. — Virginia Satir.
Our disease was our jail. We felt so bad that we were sure we must have done something awful. But we didn’t cause our disease. We have done nothing to deserve our disease. We aren’t responsible for the fact that we have a disease. But we ARE responsible for our recovery. We have been granted probation. The terms of our probation are simple: don’t drink or use other drugs, and work the Steps. If we follow these simple rules, we’ll be free. And it will be clear to us that only a Power greater than ourselves could give us this freedom.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me to stay free. For this next twenty-four – hour period, take from me any urge to drink or use other drugs. With Your help, I’ll be free.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll think about my disease. I am not morally weak. I have a dangerous illness. What can keep me free from my disease?
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
People are a source of common sense now and they help you stay grounded. Although you appreciate the intentions of those close to you, you may also feel oddly constrained by their comfortable presence. You cherish the familiarity and constancy of a dependable relationship, but might withdraw emotionally if you believe your options are being unnecessarily limited. Rather than thinking about next week or next year, you’re considering longer term goals that conflict with your current situation. However, there is no reason to exclude anyone, especially someone who could prove to be your greatest ally in the end.