Daily Recovery Readings
March 29, 2018
They are servants. Theirs is the sometimes thankless privilege of doing the group’s chores.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 134
In Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis describes an encounter between his principal character and an old man busily at work planting a tree. “What is it you are doing?” Zorba asks. The old man replies: “You can see very well what I’m doing, my son, I’m planting a tree.” “But why plant a tree,” Zorba asks, “if you won’t be able to see it bear fruit?” And the old man answers: “I, my son, live as though I were never going to die.” The response brings a faint smile to Zorba’s lips and, as he walks away, he exclaims with a note of irony: “How strange—I live as though I were going to die tomorrow!”
As a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, I have found that the Third Legacy is a fertile soil in which to plant the tree of my sobriety. The fruits I harvest are wonderful: peace, security, understanding and twenty-four hours of eternal fulfillment; and with the soundness of mind to listen to the voice of my conscience when, in silence, it gently speaks to me, saying: You must let go in service. There are others who must plant and harvest.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“To be doomed to an alcoholic death or to live on a spiritual basis are not always easy alternatives to face.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, Page 44~
Keep It Simple
Whatever is in the heart will come up to the tongue.—Persian proverb
During our illness, we wouldn’t let people get close to us. We spoke of what was in our heart. And much of what filled our heart was sadness, anger, and hopelessness. Those who want to be close to us heard what was in our heart. In short, we had become our illness. Recovery is about changing what’s in our heart. We open our hearts up to our Higher Power. The first three Steps are about honesty and needing others. They’re about turning our will and our lives over to a Higher Power.
If you’re wondering where you are with these Steps, listen to the words you speak.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, keep my heart open to the first three Steps.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll work at really listening to what I have to say.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
As tempting as it is to stay home and cozy in with your loved ones, you ultimately have more to offer your family by remaining fully engaged with the world today. Of course, you’re unhappy when you encounter unreasonable resistance because it increases the difficulty of your current decision. Put all the known facts out on the table now. Although the hidden world has a particularly strong grip on your life, an emotion can only be properly handled once it has been revealed. Author Kristin Kimble wrote, “Transparency wins hearts.”