Daily Recovery Readings
July 5, 2018
A NEW DIRECTION
Our human resources, as marshalled by the will, were not sufficient; they failed utterly. . . . Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all our activities.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 45, 85
I hear talk of the “weak-willed” alcoholic, but I am one of the strongest-willed people on earth! I now know that my incredible strength of will is not enough to save my life. My problem is not one of “weakness,” but rather of direction. When I, without falsely diminishing myself, accept my honest limitations and turn to God’s guidance, my worst faults become my greatest assets. My strong will, rightly directed, keeps me working until the promises of the program become my daily reality.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Many of us keep liquor in our homes. We often need it to carry green recruits through a severe hangover. Some of us still serve it to our friends provided they are not alcoholic. But some of us think we should not serve liquor to anyone. We never argue this question. We feel that each family, in the light of their own circumstances, ought to decide for themselves.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 102~
Keep It Simple
If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average.—Ovid
Our program speaks of spiritual progress, not perfection. We can take all the time we need. Our bottom line is steady progress. We can ask ourselves, “Am I a little more spiritual than I was a year ago? A month ago?” If the answer is yes, we’re doing great. If the answer is no, we should look at why.
Our illness pushes us to be prefect. In recovery, we learn that we are free to be what we are—human. Even the world’s fastest runners are average in most other areas of their lives.. This is okay. Remember, “spiritual progress, not perfection.”
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, I’ll not be ashamed of how average I am. I’ll remember I’m average—and that’s good.
Action for the Day:
I’ll list what is average about me. I’ll share this with a friend. Than I’ll ask my friend what is special about me.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Your sensitivity adds steam to your professional life. The enterprising Aries Moon stimulates your self-awareness today, but there’s no need for passive aggression. If everyone immediately snapped to attention and performed as you commanded, there would be no catalyst for growth in your interpersonal communication skills. Speak how you want to be spoken to by infusing a heart-centered energy to the delivery of your message. Author Chetan Bhagat wrote, “Be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.”