Daily Recovery Readings
June 20, 2018
RELEASE FROM FEAR
“The problem of resolving fear has two aspects. We shall have to try for all the freedom from fear that is possible for us to attain. Then we shall need to find both the courage and grace to deal constructively with whatever fears remain.”
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 61
Most of my decisions were based on fear. Alcohol made life easier to face, but the time came when alcohol was no longer an alternative to fear. One of the greatest gifts in A.A. for me has been the courage to take action, which I can do with God’s help. After five years of sobriety I had to deal with a heavy dose of fear. God put the people in my life to help me do that and, through my working the Twelve Steps, I am becoming the whole person I wish to be and, for that, I am deeply grateful.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—, that principle is contempt prior to investigation.'”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Appendice II, Spiritual Experience, pg. 568~
Keep It Simple
Order is heaven’s first law.—Alexander Pope
We need order in our lives. It makes life simpler for us. Life without order would be like driving in a large city without traffic signals. Our lives as addicts were like this. We lived with no plan, no order.
Now that we’re sober, we can put some order in our lives. We can get up every morning. We can make our beds and be on time for work. These things make life so much easier and nicer. we need this order. It allows us to depend on ourselves.
We now look at the Twelve Steps to bring order to our lives. The Steps follow each other as summer follows spring. Do I allow myself to follow the natural order or do I fight it?
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, You’ve put order in this world. Please put order in my life. Let me flow within this order instead of being on my own.
Action for the Day:
The Twelve Steps have a natural order. Today I’ll take time to read each Step and think about the order found in them.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
A refreshing sense of self-confidence empowers you to test the limits of your freedom. However, someone may try to curtail your actions if your behavior rubs them the wrong way. Find the courage to resist anyone else’s efforts to add more structure to your life today. Speak your truth directly from your heart. Unfortunately, you could lose your charismatic edge as soon as you start to filter your words. Philanthropist Bernard Baruch wrote, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”