Daily Recovery Readings for February 2, 2018:
RESCUED BY SURRENDERING
“Characteristic of the so-called typical alcoholic is a narcissistic egocentric core, dominated by feelings of omnipotence, intent on maintaining at all costs its inner integrity. . . . Inwardly the alcoholic brooks no control from man or God. He, the alcoholic, is and must be the master of his destiny. He will fight to the end to preserve that position.”
— A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 311
The great mystery is: “Why do some of us die alcoholic deaths, fighting to preserve the ‘independence’ of our ego, while others seem to sober up effortlessly in A.A.?” Help from a Higher Power, the gift of sobriety, came to me when an otherwise unexplained desire to stop drinking coincided with my willingness to accept the suggestions of the men and women of A.A. I had to surrender, for only by reaching out to God and my fellows could I be rescued.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing. God either is or He isn’t.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 53~
Keep It Simple
We must believe the things we teach our children.——-Woodrow Wilson
It may be easy to say the words and phrases we’ve heard without really meaning them. Someone says something at a meeting that sounds good. Our counselor has a favorite saying. We may say these words,
but are we taking the time to ask the question. Do I believe what I’m saying?
Step Two speaks of, “Came to believe…” By really believing in the Twelve Steps, we let them become part of us. The more we believe in the Steps the more we turn our lives over to them. Hopefully, over time, the Twelve Steps will guide us more and more. We’ll speak to our family with respect we’ve found in the Twelve Steps. Our spirit must truly believe. Then we can work the Steps.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, believing is something that lasts a lifetime. Give me the power to believe even when doubt creeps in.
Action for the Day:
My beliefs are changing. Today, in my inventory, I’ll ask: Do I believe what I said today?
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Your quiet demeanor could leave you feeling isolated today. However, examining your motives might reveal your aversion to being distracted by everyone else’s projects and problems because you don’t want to lose focus on your own. Your cautious behavior doesn’t stem from a desire to be alone; your goal now is to turn your inner passions into outer manifestations — and you can’t do that while attending to others. Author Nathan W. Morris wrote, “It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.”