Daily Recovery Readings for January 13, 2018:
IT DOESN’T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT
We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.
~ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85
The most common alcoholic fantasy seems to be: “If I just don’t drink, everything will be all right.” Once the fog cleared for me, I saw — for the first time — the mess my life had become. I had family, work, financial and legal problems; I was hung up on old religious
ideas; there were sides of my character to which I was inclined to stay blind because they easily could have convinced me that I was hopeless and pushed me toward escape again. The Big Book guided me in resolving all of my problems. But it didn’t happen overnight — and certainly not automatically — with no effort on my part. I need always to recognize God’s mercy and blessings that shine through any problem I have to face.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“…with us, to drink is to die.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 66~
Keep It Simple
The junkie can never start to cure himself until he recognizes his true condition.
Now we know what the problem is. Now we can do something about it. The truth of our problem is, we can’t handle alcohol or other drugs. They handle us. They control us. The Steps ask us to face the truth.
And the truth sets us free. What a wonderful gift! We feared the truth, but now it’s our friend. It’s a relief.
Facing the truth means we’re honest. And honestly is our best friend in recovery. It’s like a cozy fire on a winter’s night. Honesty is how we get well. It’s also what will keep us well. Do I truly believe I can’t use alcohol or other drugs?
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me know that I must work this program with care and respect.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll make two list, On one list, I’ll write ways I work on my program. On the other list, I’ll write way I play with my program. And I’ll put my energy into working the program.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You might be thrilled to discover that you’ve wandered far outside of your comfort zone today, even if you’re unsure how you got there. You’re often quite content to play it safe, but you’re itching to do something different now. However, conflict arises if you’re with someone who wants to continue the adventure after you reach a point when you’re ready to go home. Don’t be too quick to relinquish control if it means ignoring your preferences. A compromise is possible but only if you feel that your desires are acknowledged.