Daily Recovery Readings
March 20, 2018
LOVE AND TOLERANCE
Love and tolerance of others is our code.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84
I have found that I have to forgive others in all situations to maintain any real spiritual progress. The vital importance of forgiving may not be obvious to me at first sight, but my studies tell me that every great spiritual teacher has insisted strongly upon it.
I must forgive injuries, not just in words, or as a matter of form, but in my heart. I do this not for the other persons’ sake, but for my own sake. Resentment, anger, or a desire to see someone punished, are things that rot my soul. Such things fasten my troubles to me with chains. They tie me to other problems that have nothing to do with my original problem.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventure before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:
(a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage ourown lives.
(b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.
(c) That God could and would if He were sought.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, Page 60~
Keep It Simple
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years of trying to get other people interested in you. —Dale Carnegie
We wanted friends, but our addiction wanted all our attention. We had no time to be close to others.
Well, stand aside, addiction! The program has taught us that others are important. Our purpose is to help others. People have become what’s important to us.
Now we listen to others. We help them do what they want to do, not what we want them to do. We help people instead of use them. Friendship is now a way of life. And another promise of the program becomes a part of us.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me to know that I’m here to help others, not just myself. Through others, I find myself.
Today I’ll help someone the way he or she wants to be helped.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Your career goals may be so important to you now that you lose proper perspective on other parts of your life. Unfortunately, however driven you are by visions of your success, ignoring your family or friends is not acceptable. Others will not put up with your unavailability for long, even if you think everything will be fine. You might make a significant decision in choosing where to channel your energy while the Sun is moving through your 10th House of Public Responsibility, whether you realize it or not. Nobody is too busy; it’s just a matter of priorities.