Daily Recovery Readings for January 3, 2018:
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 21
It is no coincidence that the very first Step mentions powerlessness: An admission of personal powerlessness over alcohol is a cornerstone of the foundation of recovery. I’ve learned that I do not have the power and control I once thought I had. I am powerless over what people think about me. I am powerless over having just missed the bus. I am powerless over how other people work (or don’t work) the Steps. But I’ve also learned I am not powerless over some things. I am not powerless over my attitudes. I am not powerless over negativity. I am not powerless over assuming responsibility for my own recovery. I have the power to exert a positive influence on myself, my loved ones, and the world in which I live.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“…I would enter upon a new relationship with my Creator; that I would have the elements of a way of living which answered all my problems. Belief in the power of God, plus enough willingness, honesty and humility to establish and maintain the new order of things, were the essential requirements.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Bill’s Story, Page 13~
Keep It Simple
Never play leapfrog with a unicorn. —Unknown
As we work Step One, we accept that alcohol and other drugs are poison to us. We accept our limits. This means we know that hanging around our using “buddies” can remind us of “the good old days.” Hanging around “slippery places” means we could “slip” back into our old ways. This isn’t testing our sobriety; it’s being reckless with it. So let’s accept our limits. Everybody has limits. When we know our limits, we protect our recovery against the people and places that pull us from our spiritual center. This is what true acceptance means.
Prayer for the Day:
I pray for true acceptance. Higher Power, help me to stay away from slippery places. I will protect the gift You’ve given me.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll list the people and places that are risky for me to be around. I will share this list with my sponsor, my group, and my sober friends.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
A blast of certainty encourages you to take a calculated risk today. However, you may question the accuracy of your perceptions if someone wonders about the efficacy of your plan. In fact, you might be so sensitive now that even constructive criticism could send your attitude into a tailspin. Trust your intuition over someone else’s advice. Although other people’s opinions matter, they can’t make accurate judgments on the direction of your life. Caroline Myss wrote, “The more you ask for proof, the less likely you are to receive any.”