Daily Recovery Readings for January 30, 2018:
FREEDOM FROM . . . FREEDOM TO
“We are going to know a new freedom. . . ” ~~ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS , p. 83
Freedom for me is both freedom from and freedom to. The first freedom I enjoy is freedom from the slavery of alcohol. What a relief! Then I begin to experience freedom from fear – fear of people, of economic insecurity, of commitment, of failure, of rejection. Then I begin to enjoy freedom to – freedom to choose sobriety for today, freedom to be myself, freedom to express my opinion, to experience peace of mind, to love and be loved, and freedom to grow spiritually. But how can I achieve these freedoms? The Big Book clearly says that before I am halfway through making amends, I will begin to know a “new” freedom; not the old freedom of doing what I pleased, without regard to others, but the new freedom that allows fulfillment of the promises in my life. What a joy to be free!
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“We have begun to comprehend their futility and their fatality. We have commenced to see their terrible destructiveness. We have begun to learn tolerance, patience and good will toward all men, even our enemies, for we look on them as sick people.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, Pg. 70~
Keep It Simple
Go and wake up your luck—Perian proverb
We’ve been given recovery. For this, we’re lucky. And we’re grateful. Now it’s up to us.
We must accept our choices. When we’re afraid, do we choose to be alone? Or do we choose togo to extra meeting? When we’re not honest, do we keep it secret? Or do we admit it and try to be more honest? No matter what we choose, we’re responsible for that choice. Through choices, we either make our program strong or weak. We can choose to be lucky. Or we can choose not to be. The choice is ours. Our addiction robbed us of choice. It taught us to blame others. Now we see ourselves as responsible.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me to choose wisely. Help me remember I’m responsible for my choices.
Action for the Day:
Today I’ll work at being responsible for my choices. I’ll see myself as one of the lucky ones.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You may feel anxious about having a heartfelt conversation with someone today. Something has been weighing on your mind, but you’ve been avoiding the issue for the sake of harmony. You’re feeling a strong urge to take a risk and bring the subject up because it seems as if the opportunity for a good discussion is now or never. Don’t wait; although the pressure to communicate will probably be gone by tomorrow, you will wish you talked about it while you still had a chance.