Daily Recovery Readings for January 6, 2018:
THE VICTORY OF SURRENDER
We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength. Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 21
When alcohol influenced every facet of my life, when bottles became the symbol of all my self indulgence and permissiveness, when I came to realize that, by myself, I could do nothing to overcome the power of alcohol, I realized I had no recourse except surrender. In surrender I found victory—victory over my selfish self-indulgence, victory over my stubborn resistance to life as it was given to me. When I stopped fighting anybody or anything, I started on the path to sobriety, serenity and peace.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Faith without works is dead.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, Page 76~
Keep It Simple
“We.”—First word of the Twelve Steps.
We. This little word says a lot about the Twelve Steps. Our addiction made us lonely. The “we” of the program makes us whole again. It makes us a member of a living, growing group of people. Our addiction isolated us from others. We couldn’t be honest. We felt a lot of shame. But all this is in the past. The “we” of the program helps us live outside ourselves. Now we tell each other about our pasts. We comfort each other. We try to help each other.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me to join the WE of the program. Help me to admit and accept my illness, so the healing can begin.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll work to make the WE of the program even stronger. I’ll find someone to help.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You may try to say less and listen more today, for you believe that others have plenty to teach you. However, as soon as a subject of interest comes up in a conversation, you can’t help but add your two cents to the discussion. It’s even more challenging to remain quiet if no one else is representing the truth as you see it. But don’t let everyone else always set the agenda; if you have a topic that you want to talk about, take a risk and let people know what’s on your mind. You can always kick back and learn from everyone else once you get the ball rolling.