Daily Recovery Readings for January 27, 2018:
FREEDOM FROM GUILT
Where other people were concerned, we had to drop the word “blame” from our speech and thought.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 47
When I become willing to accept my own powerlessness, I begin to realize that blaming myself for all the trouble in my life can be an ego trip back into hopelessness. Asking for help and listening deeply to the messages inherent in the Steps and Traditions of the program make it possible to change those attitudes which delay my recovery. Before joining A.A., I had such a desire for approval from people in powerful positions that I was willing to sacrifice myself, and others, to gain a foothold in the world. I invariably came to grief. In the program I find true friends who love, understand, and care to help me learn the truth about myself. With the help of the Twelve Steps, I am able to build a better life, free of guilt and the need for self-justification.
Big Book Quote
“We have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, pg. 25~
Keep It Simple
They is no they, only us . –Bumper sticker
For most of us, addiction was full of doubt. We stopped believing in ourselves. Our thoughts had turned to “stinking thinking.” We didn’t believe in much of anything. We didn’t take risk. We always looked for the easier, softer way. In recovery, we start to believe again. We believe in the program. We believe in a Higher Power. We believe in people. And, over time, we believe in ourselves again. We become better at taking risk. We are able to stay sober because we believe, because we take risk. As we stay sober, we can face almost anything—with the help of others.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, I have learned to believe in You. Help me believe in myself. I have something to give to this world. Help me give it freely.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
The fast pace of communication is so exciting today that success seems within reach. Although you may be confident enough to take a risk at work if you see a chance to get ahead, the results of your impulsive actions may not live up to your expectations. In fact, you could be overwhelmed with so much new information that you’re at a loss to do anything with it. Thankfully, a fortunate outcome is likely if you avoid speaking off the cuff about your future endeavors. Make a plan and conserve your energy so you can finish what you start.