Daily Recovery Readings
June 23, 2018
But does trust require that we be blind to other people’s motives or, indeed, to our own? Not at all; this would be folly. Most certainly, we should assess the capacity for harm as well as the capability for good in every person that we would trust. Such a private inventory can reveal the degree of confidence we should extend in any given situation.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 144
I am not a victim of others, but rather a victim of my expectations, choices and dishonesty. When I expect others to be what I want them to be and not who they are, when they fail to meet my expectations, I am hurt. When my choices are based on self-centeredness, I find I am lonely and distrustful. I gain confidence in myself, however, when I practice honesty in all my affairs. When I search my motives and am honest and trusting, I am aware of the capacity for harm in situations and can avoid those that are harmful.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“There may be some wrongs we can never fully right. We don’t worry about them if we can honestly say to ourselves that we would right them if we could.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg 83
Keep It Simple
Words are sacred, we must use them wisely. . . . They are a gift from God.
We use words to bring peace to others. We can use words to tell God and others how much we care. Or we can use words to hurt others. We can curse them and scare them away. We often did when we used alcohol and other drugs.
In recovery, we learn to use words in a kind, wise way. We treat words as a gift from God. We use words to build our relationships.
Do I always use words in a kind way? Do I treat words as a powerful gift from God? Do my words make the world better or worse for those who hear me speak?
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, when I speak words, help me think about their power. Help me speak to others in a kind way.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll speak to others with respect. My words will add a little kindness, honesty, and love to the world today.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
People could jump to the conclusion that you are weak because you don’t stand up for yourself in public until you are pushed into an untenable place. However, they couldn’t be more wrong. You don’t want to make a spectacle of your defensive stance when you prefer to just let it slide for now. Unfortunately, your silence sends the wrong signal today, making it even more challenging to get your message across next time. Expending energy on those who don’t treat you well is a path to disappointment. Respect is a two-way street.