Daily Recovery Readings
June 18, 2018
A FELLOWSHIP OF FREEDOM
. . . if only men were granted absolute liberty, and were compelled to obey no one, they would then voluntarily associate themselves in the common interest.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 50
When I no longer live under the dictates of another or of alcohol, I live in a new freedom. When I release the past and all the excess baggage I have carried for so very long, I come to know freedom. I have been introduced into a life and a fellowship of freedom. The Steps are a “recommended” way of finding a new life, there are no commands or dictates in A.A. I am free to serve from desire rather than decree. There is the understanding that I will benefit from the growth of other members and I take what I learn and bring it back to the group. The “common welfare” finds room to grow in the society of personal freedom.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Highly competent psychiatrists who have dealt with us have found it sometimes impossible to persuade an alcoholic to discuss his situation without reserve. Strangely enough, wives, parents and intimate friends usually find us even more unapproachable than do the psychiatrist and the doctor. But the ex problem drinker who has found this solution, who is properly armed with facts about himself, can generally win the entire confidence of another alcoholic in a few hours. Until such an understanding is reached, little or nothing can be accomplished.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, pg. 18~
Keep It Simple
Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. Rodin
When we first start our recovery, it hurts a lot to look at our past. We feel sad. It feels like our life was a waste.
But it wasn’t a waste. The program promises that if we practice the Steps, we’ll not reget the past nor wish to shut the door on it. Hard to believe? Just look at all the happy old-timers in AA. Their lives were just as messed up as ours.
Because of our addiction, we’re learning a new way to live. We are getting to know ourselves, our Higher Power, and other people.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, thanks for helping me into recovery. Help me learn from my addiction.
Action for the Day:
I’ll list three important things I’ve learned about life because of my addiction. I’ll talk to my sponsor about them.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You have so many solid thoughts today that people ask you questions just to hear you think out loud. You have no patience now for fuzzy thinking or pie-in-the-sky ideas that won’t lead to anything real. It’s not that you’ve lost your sense of wonder; it’s just that your reality filter is currently functioning at a very high level, empowering you to be an authority on just about everything. Use your power wisely. Political consultant Dick Morris wrote, “There is no substitute for a clear vision and decisive direction.”