Daily Recovery Readings
October 19, 2018
A.A.’s “MAIN TAPROOT”
The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from which our whole Society has sprung and flowered.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 21-22
Defeated, and knowing it, I arrived at the doors of A.A., alone and afraid of the unknown. A power outside of myself had picked me up off my bed, guided me to the phone book, then to the bus stop, and through the doors of Alcoholics Anonymous. Once inside A.A. I experienced a sense of being loved and accepted, something I had not felt since early childhood. May I never lose the sense of wonder I experienced on that first evening with A.A., the greatest event of my entire life.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“When we drew near to Him He disclosed Himself to us!”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 57~
Keep It Simple
A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.—Seventeenth century proverb
We addicts used to be stubborn. Once we got an idea in our heads, we wouldn’t change it.
We didn’t listen to others ideas. We almost seemed to say, “Don’t tell me the facts. I’ve already made up my mind.”
But lately , some new ideas are making sense to us. We are starting to change our minds. Maybe we are good people, after all. Maybe we do deserve to be happy. Maybe other people can help us. Maybe our Higher Power does know best.
We’re not acting like fools any longer. We’re learning to change our old ideas.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, when I hear a better idea, help me change my mind.
Action for the Day:
When I hear or read a new idea today, I’ll really think about it. If it fits, I’ll try it.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Talk is just a bunch of words unless it’s followed up with appropriate action. However, it doesn’t mean there’s no such thing as truth just because you’ve heard a fair share of lies in your lifetime. Instincts that tell you not to close your open mind are right on the money. Give a person another chance when it makes sense to do so, knowing that you’re strong enough to weather a little disappointment if that’s the result. The challenge is to trust yourself enough to take a risk with your heart.