Daily Recovery Readings
July 29, 2018
ANONYMOUS GIFTS OF KINDNESS
As active alcoholics we were always looking for a handout in one way or another.
— “THE TWELVE TRADITIONS ILLUSTRATED,” p. 14
The challenge of the Seventh Tradition is a personal challenge, reminding me to share and give of myself. Before sobriety the only thing I ever supported was my habit of drinking. Now my efforts are a smile, a kind word, and kindness.
I saw that I had to start carrying my own weight and to allow my new friends to walk with me because, through the practice of the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, I’ve never had it so good.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“At the moment we are trying to put our lives in order. But this is not an end in itself.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 77~
Keep It Simple
They have rights who dare defend them. —Roger Baldwin
In recovery, we regain our right to have choices, our right to have honest relationships. Do we claim these rights, or do we let them go by?
Sometimes, standing up for our rights will mean going against the crowd. It will mean turning down that drink when everyone else has one. It will mean telling your honest opinion when it’s different from the others think. Being sober will mean, at times being different. Lots of times, we find being different hard. We want to fit in. This is normal.
But we don’t stand alone. We have friends who will stand with us during hard times. We have a Higher Power who will guide and comfort us. We are people with rights. Let’s work hard so nothing takes away our rights.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, please help me keep and defend my dignity and human rights.
Action for the Day:
I’ll take time out to list the rights I’ve gotten back due to my recovery.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Distinguish between your wants, needs, and desires. However, your coveted treasure might bring you misery after you actually receive it. Needs can help you thrive in life if they are a match to your core values. Desires relate to passion but you can also get caught up in emotions and unclear perceptions. Revisit your self-worth and reevaluate your skillset, so you can better assess your chances for success. Remain rational when choosing your goals, release attachment to outcomes, and return to the fundamentals. Nurturing your self-respect inspires others to see you in a deserving light.