Daily Recovery Readings
March 4, 2018
WEEDING THE GARDEN
The essence of all growth is a willingness to make a change for the better and then an unremitting willingness to shoulder whatever responsibility this entails.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 115
By the time I had reached Step Three I had been freed of my dependence on alcohol, but bitter experience has shown me that continuous sobriety requires continuous effort. Every now and then I pause to take a good look at my progress. More and more of my garden is weeded each time I look, but each time I also find new weeds sprouting where I thought I had made my final pass with the blade. As I head back to get the newly sprouted weed (it’s easier when they are young), I take a moment to admire how lush the growing vegetables and flowers are, and my labors are rewarded. My sobriety grows and bears fruit.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia. We have it with us right here and now.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Bill’s Story, pg. 16~
Keep It Simple
Better bend than break.——-Scottish proverb
Our program is based on bending. We call it “surrender.” We surrender our self-will to the care of God. We do what we believe our Higher Power want us to do. We learn this as an act of love.
Many of us believed surrender was a sign of weakness. We tried to control everything. But we change as we’re in the program longer and longer. We learn to bend. We start to see that what is important is learning. We learn to do what’s best for us and others. To learn, we need an open mind. To bend, we must stay open. Love and care become the center of our lives.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, teach me that strength comes from knowing how and when to bend.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll check myself. How open am I? Do I bend when I need to?
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Your spiritual practice can take you on a journey to the far reaches of the universe today. Wherever you find religion — in meditation, nature, yoga, or church — the results are the same. You are seeking the magical feeling you experience when you and the cosmos are one, and you might just get a glimpse of that metaphysical truth now. But even if you fall short of your expectations, it’s the quest and not the destination that enhances your life. Theologian Matthew Fox wrote, “It doesn’t matter where you dig the well; you will still reach the same water.”