Daily Recovery Readings
July 26, 2018
THE “WORTH” OF SOBRIETY
Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 160
When I go shopping I look at the prices and if I need what I see, I buy it and pay. Now that I am supposed to be in rehabilitation, I have to straighten out my life. When I go to a meeting, I take a coffee with sugar and milk, sometimes more than one. But at the collection time, I am either too busy to take money out of my purse, or I do not have enough, but I am there because I need this meeting. I heard someone suggest dropping the price of a beer into the basket, and I thought, that’s too much! I almost never give one dollar. Like many others, I rely on the more generous members to finance the Fellowship. I forget that it takes money to rent the meeting room, buy my milk, sugar and cups. I will pay, without hesitation, ninety cents for a cup of coffee at a restaurant after the meeting; I always have money for that. So, how much is my sobriety and my inner peace worth?
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“God has abundantly supplied this world with fine doctors, psychologists, and practitioners of various kinds. Do not hesitate to take your health problems to such persons. Most of them give freely of themselves, that their fellows may enjoy sound minds and bodies.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Family Afterward, pg. 133~
Keep It Simple
I was never less alone when by myself.—Edward Gibson
To stay in this program, we need to accept that we have an illness. We need to accept that we were out of control. And we need to accept that we need others and they need us. At times, we won’t want to accept these facts. We will want to deny we have an illness and our lives were out of control.
Many of us get into trouble when we don’t accept that we need others. This is why helping others is so important. It teaches us that we need others, and others need us. By helping others, we learn about the give-and-take of human relationships. There is no give-an-take in addiction. There is just take. Now, finally, we can give too!
Prayer for the Day:
I pray to remember that I need other people.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll help out. I will make coffee at the next meeting or offer to do the Step next week. I will let a fellow addict know I’m glad he or she is sober.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Re-evaluate your values and your relationship with your finances. Replenishing a savings or investment account today ensures there are resources for a rainy day. Review discretionary expenses to see if they are truly necessary. If you’re in business, restock your inventory in case there are shipping or technical glitches later in the retrograde transit. Track your spending and do your best to get on the same page as your partner to avoid trouble down the line. Prep now so you don’t have to redo later.