Daily Recovery Readings
March 27, 2018
We trust that we already know what our several freedoms truly are; that no future generation of AAs will ever feel compelled to limit them. Our AA freedoms create the soil in which genuine love can grow. . . .
— THE LANGUAGE OF THE HEART, p. 303
I craved freedom. First, freedom to drink; later, freedom from drink. The A.A. program of recovery rests on a foundation of free choice. There are no mandates, laws or commandments. A.A.’s spiritual program, as outlined in the Twelve Steps, and by which I am offered even greater freedoms, is only suggested. I can take it or leave it. Sponsorship is offered, not forced, and I come and go as I will. It is these and other freedoms that allow me to recapture the dignity that was crushed by the burden of drink, and which is so dearly needed to support an enduring sobriety.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“…we were approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, Page 25~
Keep It Simple
The secret success is constancy of purpose. — Benjamin Disraeli
In Twelve Step meetings, we don’t talk about counseling, treatment centers, or non-program reading. Many of us have been helped in these ways, but we shouldn’t confuse them with Twelve Step programs. We must keep our Twelve Step programs pure, no matter what is in style among counselors or at treatment centers, or what the latest books say. Certainly, we should use these sources if they help us, but not in our program meetings. There, we must stick to the basics that have helped addicts recover all over the world for many years. Steps, traditions, meetings, sponsorship—these things work, no matter what is in style.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, let me be there to help an addict in need, by sharing my Twelve Step program.
Action for the Day:
I will help out today be being a sponsor or by calling a new member, just to say hello.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You can feel the near-constant pressure from a good friend who believes you should be doing your job differently. In fact, your fellow coworkers may also be trying to motivate you to participate in a significant project at work. However, much to their chagrin, you’re so emotionally tired now that your answer will probably be no. Keep in mind your involvement in a professional collaboration could nudge you out of your funk and back into the real world. Author Eve Sawyer wrote, “Never underestimate the power of passion.”