Daily Recovery Readings for January 29, 2018:
THE JOY OF SHARING
Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 89
To know that each newcomer with whom I share has the opportunity to experience the relief that I have found in this Fellowship fills me with joy and gratitude. I feel that all the things described in A.A. will come to pass for them, as they have for me, if they seize the opportunity and embrace the program fully.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“More than most people, the alcoholic leads a double life. He is very much the actor. To the outer world he presents his stage character. This is the one he likes his fellows to see. He wants to enjoy a certain reputation, but knows in his heart he doesn’t deserve it.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 73~
Keep It Simple
An alcoholic spends his life committing suicide on the installment plan.
None of us woke up one morning and found we had suddenly turned into an addict. We got to be one by practice. And we practiced often. We ignored our families–we left work early–and went drinking and drugging. Daily, we chose chemicals over anything else. Likewise, getting sober is no accident. We work the program. At meetings, we’re reminded to help others. We all get sober on the installment plan. A day at a time. We got sick one day at a time; we recover one day at a time.
Prayer for the Day:
Today, with my Higher Power’s help, I’ll be happier, more honest, more sober. Sobriety is like a good savings account. Higher Power, help me to put in more than I take out.
Action for the Day:
I’ll go over my Step One to remind myself it’s no accident I’m an addict.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You are thrilled when people acknowledge your contributions at work and at home. However, in the absence of positive feedback now, you could fabricate complete sob stories about your shortcomings or epic tales of your conquests. Entertaining fantasies is a double-edged sword. You can imagine wonderful things about yourself and then set a course to manifest these dreams. Or, you could amplify your concerns into worst-case scenarios. Corrie ten Boom wrote, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”