Daily Recovery Readings
August 6, 2018
Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 62
My selfishness was the driving force behind my drinking. I drank to celebrate success and I drank to drown my sorrows. Humility is the answer. I learn to turn my will and my life over to the care of God. My sponsor tells me that service keeps me sober. Today I ask myself: Have I sought knowledge of God’s will for me? Have I done service for my A.A. group?
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“But my friend sat before me, and he made the pointblank declaration that God had done for him what he could not do for himself. His human will had failed. Doctors had pronounced him incurable. Society was about to lock him up. Like myself, he had admitted complete defeat. Then he had, in effect, been raised from the dead, suddenly taken from the scrap heap to a level of life better than
the best he had ever known!”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Bill’s Story, pg. 11~
Keep It Simple
Fear of people and economic insecurity will leave you. . . ~Alcoholics Anonymous
We don’t have to fear people. They can’t wreck our spirit. We don’t have to fear money problems. We won’t have to starve to death. Our Higher Power will lead us on a safe path through life.
Our Higher power wants us to be safe, happy, and wise. Our Higher power wants us to feel loved.
We’ll learn to trust our Higher Power. And we’ll learn to trust the happiness we find in our new way of life. People may still hurt us, but there will be much more love to carry us through.
Prayer For the Day:
Higher Power, I know You protect me and care for me. Help me stop worrying.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll list four fears I have. I will talk with my sponsor about how to turn these over to my Higher Power.
Each Day a New Beginning
They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm. –Dorothy Parker
Variety in experiences is necessary for our continued growth. We mistakenly think that the “untroubled” life would be forever welcome. It’s the deep waves of life that teach us to be better swimmers.
We don’t know how to appreciate the calm without the occasional storm that pushes us to new limits of ourselves. The calm following the storm offers us the time we need to become comfortable with our new growth. We are ever changing, refining our values, stepping gingerly into uncharted territories. We are forever in partnership in these new territories, let us not forget.
We long for challenge even in the midst of the calm that blesses us. Our inner selves understand the journey; a journey destined to carry us to new horizons; a journey that promises many stormy seasons. For to reach our destination, we must be willing to weather the storms. They are challenges, handpicked for us, designed to help us become all that we need to be in this earthly life.
The mixture of the calm with the storm is not haphazard. Quite the contrary. My growth is at the center of each. I will trust its message.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
It is nice to have a private cave to retreat to when things get too hectic, and right now that is your haven. Journaling, reading, or planning for the future is time well spent. As you take a step back, clarity emerges. External pressure or guilt can cause you some stress if you feel it is your responsibility to make sure others are happy. Instead of reacting over-emotionally, you can center yourself in the knowledge that in order to have something to give, you need to give to yourself first.