Daily Recovery Readings
June 30, 2018
SACRIFICE = UNITY = SURVIVAL
The unity, the effectiveness, and even the survival of A.A. will always depend upon our continued willingness to give up some of our personal ambitions and desires for the common safety and welfare. Just as sacrifice means survival for the individual alcoholic, so does sacrifice mean unity and survival for the group and for A.A.’s entire Fellowship.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 220
I have learned that I must sacrifice some of my personality traits for the good of A.A. and, as a result, I have been rewarded with many gifts. False pride can be inflated through prestige but, by living Tradition Six, I receive the gift of humility instead. Cooperation without affiliation is often deceiving. If I remain unrelated to outside interests, I am free to keep A.A. autonomous. Then the Fellowship will be here, healthy and strong for generations to come.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
<b><u>Big Book Quote</b></u>
“When people presented us with spiritual approaches, how frequently did we all say, “I wish I had what that man has. I’m sure it would work if I could only believe as he believes. But I cannot accept as surely true the many articles of faith which are so plain to him.” So it was comforting to learn that we could commence at a simpler level.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 47~
<b><u>Keep It Simple</b></u>
If you don’t know where you are going, You’ll probably end up somewhere else.
— Lawrence J. Peter
The Twelve Steps are our plan of living. We must have a plan. Without one, we waste our energy.
We react instead of think. This is what we did as an addict. We lived our lives as out-of-control people. This caused a lot of pain for us and those around us.
Recovery brings us the Twelve Steps, and each Step gives us direction and wisdom. Each Step builds on the progress we made from the Step before it. Sometimes we follow the plan well. Sometimes we think we can do better on our own. Do I believe the Twelve Steps are a good plan of living?
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, You have shown me a new way of life, a plan for living. Thank you for leading me to the Twelve Steps. Help me follow them.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll take time out to read the Twelve Steps. Then I’ll list three reasons why the Steps are a good plan for living.
<b><u>Daily Horoscope – Cancer</b></u>
Although you are quick to absorb incoming data today, you must be careful about trusting everything you learn, especially when it comes to finances. Irrepressible Uranus tussles with insightful Mercury in your 2nd House of Money, tempting you to jump to conclusions if you think you know more than you do. You may not be able to prove your unconventional ideas based upon actual research, but what you sense now is worth more than a string of isolated facts. Arthur C. Clarke wrote, “The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.”