Daily Recovery Readings
October 21, 2018
NOTHING GROWS IN THE DARK
We will want the good that is in us all, even in the worst of us, to flower and to grow.
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 10
With the self-discipline and insight gained from practicing Step Ten, I begin to know the
gratifications of sobriety — not as mere abstinence from alcohol, but as recovery in every
department of my life.
I renew hope, regenerate faith, and regain the dignity of self-respect. I discover the word
“and” in the phrase “and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.”
Reassured that I am no longer always wrong, I learn to accept myself as I am, with a new
sense of the miracles of sobriety and serenity.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“To get over drinking will require a transformation of thought and attitude. We all had to place recovery above everything, for without recovery we would have lost both home and business.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, To Employers, pg. 143~
Keep It Simple
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.—Anonymous
Nobody’s always wrong. Nobody’s all bad. And that includes us.
Sometimes, we really get down on ourselves. When we do Step Four, we sometimes see only our faults. When we make our Step Ten checkup, we see only our mistakes. We can’t afford to do this. We need to see our strengths too. But even our faults have a good side. Are you stubborn? Good—be stubborn, you know how to hang on to feelings. So, hang on to the good feelings instead of the bad ones.
Each of us is good and wise. What’s good about us got twisted by our disease. But now we can get the kinks out. We are sober, and we have a program to help us.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me to see the good in myself and others.
Action for the Day:
I’ll take another look at my faults today. How can I use them in good ways?
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
An unlikely encounter may trigger a craving for more excitement in your world. This fascinating interaction inspires you to reconsider your priorities now. Ironically, you might search for an objective outsider for advice and end up face to face with someone you know very well. Or it could play out with genuine surprise when scrolling through social media or conversing online, you discover a friend shares one of your interests. Either way, it’s delightful to realize you may have found a perfect companion for an amazing adventure. Anticipation gives you a good reason to smile inside.