Daily Recovery Readings
August 1, 2018
The spiritual life is not a theory. We have to live it.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 83
When new in the program, I couldn’t comprehend living the spiritual aspect of the program, but now that I’m sober, I can’t comprehend living without it. Spirituality was what I had been seeking. God, as I understand Him, has given me answers to the whys that kept me drinking for twenty years. By living a spiritual life, by asking God for help, I have learned to love, care for and feel compassion for all my fellow men, and to feel joy in a world where, before, I felt only fear.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Thus was I convinced that God is concerned with us humans when we want Him enough. At long last I saw, I felt, I believed. Scales of pride and prejudice fell from my eyes. A new world came into view.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Bill’s Story, pg. 12~
Keep It Simple
Made a list of all persons we had harmed . . . —First half of Step Eight
By the time we get to Step Eight, we’re ready to work on our relationships.
We start by making a list of all persons we’ve harmed. We look at where we
have been at fault. We own our behavior.
Now we’re healing, and we must help others to heal too. Our list must be as complete as we can make it. As our recovery goes on we’ll remember others we have hurt. We add them to our list. By doing this, we heal even more.
Remember, this Step is for us. It is to help us stay sober.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me make a complete list. Help me keep it open-ended. Allow me and those I’ve harmed to be healed.
Action for the Day:
Even if I’ve made a list before, I’ll make another one today. I will list
all those I have harmed.
Each Day a New Beginning
The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind. Hone and spread your spirit, till you yourself are a sail, whetted, translucent, broadside to the merest puff. –Annie Dillard
Our progress today, and certainly our serenity, is enhanced by our willingness to accept all that we are blessed with today. Not only to accept, but to celebrate, trusting that these events are moving us toward our special destiny.
Flowing with the twists and turns in our lives, rather than resisting them, guarantees smooth sailing, helps us to maximize our opportunities, increases our serenity. Accepting our powerlessness over all but our own attitude is the first step we need to take toward finding serenity.
Resistance, whether it is against a person or a situation in our lives, will compound the problem, as we perceive it. We can believe in the advantages for growth that all experiences offer. We can sail with our experiences. We can be open to them so they can carry us to our destination. We can trust, simply trust, that all is well and in our favor, every moment.
My serenity is in my control today. I will look to this day with trust and thanksgiving. And my Spirit will soar.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
There’s no reason to be so hard on yourself if you feel that you recently failed to take full responsibility for your actions. Strengthening your self-discipline is an admirable goal but try not to expect everything to change overnight. Give yourself time to make amends, even though things seem to be pressing at the moment. Set achievable goals and let the inessentials go. Lightening your burden allows your creative imagination to manifest its own magic.