Daily Recovery Readings
April 1, 2018
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 42
Step Four is the vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what the liabilities in each of us have been, and are. I want to find exactly how, when, and where my natural desires have warped me. I wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and myself. By discovering what my emotional deformities are, I can move toward their correction. Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for me.
To resolve ambivalent feelings, I need to feel a strong and helpful sense of myself. Such an awareness doesn’t happen overnight, and no one’s selfawareness is permanent. Everyone has the capacity for growth, and for self-awareness, through an honest encounter with reality. When I don’t avoid issues but meet them directly, always trying to re-solve them, they become fewer and fewer.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“How dark it is before the dawn! In reality that was the beginning of my last debauch. I was soon to be catapulted into what I like to call the fourth dimension of existence. I was to know happiness, peace, and usefulness, in a way of life that is incredibly more wonderful as time passes.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Bill’s Story, pg. 8
Keep It Simple
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. — Step Four of Alcoholics Anonymous.
We avoid the Fourth Step. We put it off. We’re scared of what we will find inside of us. We may find out we’re mean, angry, selfish, afraid. We might see how badly we’ve acted to others, to ourselves. We have all these things inside us. We also have love, trust, faith, and hope. We love art, music, nature, or sports. We have power to heal, and we have used it too. The Fourth Step helps us to know our inner power. As we learn about our own power, we can use it carefully, on purpose, to do good.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me use my power to do Your will. Let your power work through me too.
Action for the Day:
Today Ill watch my own actions and words. I’ll see how my power affects others. I’ll talk about this with my sponsor.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Although rest and relaxation with loved ones may be high on your list of priorities today, your mind is preoccupied with larger issues. Instead of remaining in the present moment, your thoughts are on your future as you reconsider your current career path. There’s no need to finalize any decisions now. Explore every option you can possibly visualize in the safety of your imagination. Give yourself a couple of weeks to deepen this process of reevaluation before putting a new plan into motion. Doe Zantamata wrote, “Your intuition is the most honest friend you will ever have.”