Daily Recovery Readings
October 23, 2018
WHAT WE KNOW BEST
“Shoemaker, stick to thy last!” . . . better do one thing supremely well than many badly. That is the central theme of this Tradition [Five]. Around it our Society gathers in unity. The very life of our Fellowship requires the preservation of this principle.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 150
The survival of A.A. depends upon unity. What would happen if a group decided to become an employment agency, a treatment center or a social service agency? Too much specialization leads to no specialization, to frittering of efforts and, finally, to decline. I have the qualifications to share my sufferings and my way of recovery with the newcomer. Conformity to A.A.’s primary purpose ensures the safety of the wonderful gift of sobriety, so my responsibility is enormous. The life of millions of alcoholics is closely tied to my competence in “carrying the message to the still-suffering alcoholic.”
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all of our activities. “How can I best serve Thee—Thy will (not mine) be done.” These are thoughts which must go with us
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 85~
Keep It Simple
It’s not dying faith that’s so hard, it’s living up to it. ~~William Makepeace Thackeray
We may ask, “Do I have to do an Eighth or Ninth Step?” “Do I really need a sponsor?” “Hmm…can I get by without going to so many meetings?” Having faith means putting our questions aside. So…what do we do? We work the program. We accept that those who’ve gone before us were right. We accept the idea that we need others. Faith is knowing that others love and care for us. Faith is also about action. The main way we know that we have faith is by looking at our behavior. Ask yourself this: “Are my actions those of a person with faith?”
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me remove the questions that get in my way. Help me act like a person with faith.
Action for the Day:
I’ll list four parts of my program that I have faith in, such as, “I believe honesty is important to my sobriety.”
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
It’s so much more relaxing to channel passion through art than anything else today. Debate tends to get heated and romance is all kinds of unsettled. The rat race is a pressure-cooker. Given those considerations, it’s no giant surprise that you feel safe and cozy when engrossed in a creative world where you have all the control. Pour your heart and soul into making something beautiful, whether it’s with music, color, food, yarn, or words. Virtually any self-expressive activity suits you to a tee.