Daily Recovery Readings
November 18, 2018
A SAFETY NET
Occasionally. . . We are seized with a rebellion so sickening that we
simply won’t pray. When these things happen we should not think too
ill of ourselves. We should simply resume prayer as soon as we can,
doing what we know to be good for us.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 105
Sometimes I scream, stomp my feet, and turn my back on my Higher
Power. Then my disease tells me that I am a failure, and that if I stay
angry I’ll surely get drunk. In those moments of self-will it’s as if I’ve
slipped over a cliff and am hanging by one hand. The above passage
is my safety net, in that it urges me to try some new behavior, such as
being kind and patient with myself. It assures me that my Higher
Power will wait until I am willing once again to risk letting go, to land
in the net, and to pray.
Big Book Quote
“Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter
you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you. At the start,
this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth, to effect our
first conscious relation with God as we understood Him. Afterward, we
found ourselves accepting many things which then seemed entirely out of
reach. That was growth, but if we wished to grow we had to begin
somewhere. So we used our own conception, however limited it was.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 47~
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
A.A. Thought For The Day
I have got over my procrastination. I was always putting
things off till tomorrow and as a result that never got
done. “There is always another day” was my motto instead
of “Do it now.” Under the influence of alcohol, I had
grandiose plans. When I was sober I was too busy getting
over my drunk to start anything. “Some day I’ll do that”
— but I never did it. In A.A. I have learned it’s better
to make a mistake once in a while than to never do
anything at all. We learn by trial and error. But we must
act now and not put it off until tomorrow. Have I learned
to do it now?
Meditation For The Day
“Do not hide your light under a bushel. Arise and shine,
for the light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen
in thee.” The glory of the Lord shines in the beauty of a
man’s character. It is risen in you, even though you can
realize it only in part. “Now you see as in a glass darkly,
but later you will see face to face.” The glory of the Lord
is too dazzling for mortals to see fully on earth. But some
of this glory is risen in you when you try to reflect that
light in your life.
Prayer For The Day
I pray that I may try to be a reflection of the Divine Light.
I pray that some of its rays may shine in my life.
Keep It Simple
Life is short: live it up. ~Nikita
We won’t stay sober long unless it’s more fun than using chemicals.
The truth is, using chemicals wasn’t fun anymore. It was work. We just
told ourselves it was still fun.
So live it up! Try new things. Meet new friends. Try new foods. Taking
risks and having adventures are a basic human need. So go for it.
Sobriety is fun. Living a spiritual life is fun. Get out there and live!
Prayer for the day:
Higher Power ,teach me to play. Teach me to have fun. Teach me to live!
Action for the day:
Today is for fun. I’ll try something new. I’ll see how many people
I can get to smile. And I’ll celebrate the fact that I’m sober.
Each Day A New Beginning
Do not compare yourself with others, for you are a unique and wonderful creation. Make your own beautiful footprints in the snow. –Barbara Kimball
Comparisons we make of ourselves to other women do destruction far greater than our conscious minds are aware of. Positioning ourselves or her on the “beloved pedestal” prevents the equality of sisterhood that offers each woman the freedom to be solely herself.
Comparisons in which we are the losers darken the moment, cut us off from the actual rhythms of that moment. The consequences can be grave. Within any moment might be the opportunity we’ve awaited, the opportunity to achieve a particular dream. We must not miss our opportunities.
Each life is symbolized by a particular set of footprints in the snow. How wonderful and how freeing to know that we each offer something uniquely our own. We need never compete to be noticed. Each of us is guaranteed recognition for what we contribute, because it is offered by us alone.
Envy eats at us; it interferes with all of our interactions. It possesses all of our thoughts, caging us, denying us the freedom to achieve that can be ours.
I will look with love on my sisters. I will free them and myself to be all we are capable of becoming.
“Power is not manifested in the human being. True power
is in the Creator.”
— Oren Lyons, ONONDAGA
The Old Ones say the only true power is spiritual power. Sometimes our egos tell
us we have power but really we don’t. Great Spirit power is called by other names
such as love, forgiveness, intelligence, life, principles, and laws. When the Creator
uses this power to make the human being powerful, we must stay humble. We should
constantly acknowledge that we are who we are. We do what we do because of the power of the Great One.
Great One, guide me to use Your power well. I will use it only to serve the people.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Although you might feel isolated today, your sense of separation is of your own making. The good news is you can choose to unmake it. Maybe you slipped and let the Aries Moon’s pride get the best of you. But you also could allow the Moon’s courage to inspire you to reach out for connection, even if it’s to someone from whom you’ve been estranged. Warm and fuzzy emotions may be missing at first, but you can bridge what’s kept you apart with patience and a resolute focus on the present. Speaking candidly and from the heart inspires others to do the same.