Daily Recovery Readings
April 9, 2018
FREEDOM FROM “KING ALCOHOL”
. . . let us not suppose even for an instant that we are not under constraint. . . . Our former tyrant, King Alcohol, always stands ready again to clutch us to him. Therefore, freedom from alcohol is the great “must” that has to be achieved, else we go mad or die.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 134
When drinking, I lived in spiritual, emotional, and sometimes, physical confinement. I had constructed my prison with bars of self-will and self-indulgence, from which I could not escape. Occasional dry spells that seemed to promise freedom would turn out to be little more than hopes of a reprieve. True escape required a willingness to follow whatever right actions were needed to turn the lock. With that willingness and action, both the lock and the bars themselves opened for me. Continued willingness and action keep me free—in a kind of extended daily probation—that need never end.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power?
Well, that’s exactly what this book is about.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 45
Keep It Simple
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day a time. –Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln did great things for the United States. He took life One Day at a time.. He broke the future into manageable pieces. We can do the same. We can live in the present and focus on the task at hand.
Spirituality comes when we focus this way. When we stay in the present we find choice. And we worry less about the future. Still, we must have goals.
We must plan for the future.
Goals and plans help us give more credit to the present than to the future. And when we feel good about the present, we feel good about the future.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me focus. Help me keep my energy in the present. Have me live life One Day at a Time.
Action for the Day:
When I find myself drifting into the future, I’ll work at bring myself back to the present.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
The cosmos blesses you with a rare opportunity to explore the deep feelings shared by you and someone special. What makes this moment so unique is that you can confidently move into emotionally vulnerable spaces without worrying about the outcome. Thankfully, your current ability to remain detached enables you to reveal parts of your own psyche you might otherwise keep private. Just remember that taking a relationship to the next level is not limited to romantic interactions. All interpersonal activity holds great promise if you’re willing to open your heart.