Daily Recovery Readings
November 23, 2018
HOLD YOUR FACE TO THE LIGHT
Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the Light, even though for the moment you do not see.
~ AS BILL SEES IT, p. 3
One Sunday in October, during my morning meditation, I glanced out the window at the ash tree in our front yard. At once I was overwhelmed by its magnificent, golden color! As I stared in awe at God’s work of art, the leaves began to fall and, within minutes, the branches were bare. Sadness came over me as I thought of the winter months ahead, but just as I was reflecting on autumn’s annual process, God’s message came through. Like the trees, stripped of their leaves in the fall, sprout new blossoms in the spring, I had had my compulsive, selfish ways removed by God in order for me to blossom into a sober, joyful member of A.A. Thank you, God, for the changing seasons and for my ever-changing life.
Big Book Quote
“All these, and many others, have one symptom in common: they cannot start drinking without developing the phenomenon of craving. This phenomenon, as we have suggested, may be the manifestation of an allergy which differentiates these people, and sets them apart as a distinct entity. It has never been, by any treatment with which we are familiar, permanently eradicated. The only relief we have to suggest is entire abstinence.
This immediately precipitates us into a seething caldron of debate. Much has been written pro and con, but among physicians, the general opinion seems to be that most chronic alcoholics are doomed.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Doctor’s Opinion, pg. xxx~
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
A.A. Thought For The Day
I no longer refuse to do anything because I cannot do it to perfection. Many of us alcoholics use the excuse of not being able to do something perfectly to enable us to do nothing at all. We pretend to be perfectionists. We are good at telling people how a
thing should be done, but when we come to the effort of doing it ourselves, we balk. We say to ourselves: I might make a mistake, so I’d better let the whole thing slide. In A.A. we set our goals high, but that does not prevent us from trying. The mere fact that we will never fully reach these goals does not prevent us from doing the best we can. Have I stopped hiding behind the smoke-screen of perfectionism?
Meditation For The Day
“In the world ye shall have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” Keep an undaunted spirit. Keep your spirit free and unconquered. You can be undefeated and untouched by failure and all its power, by letting your spirit overcome the world; rise above the earth’s turmoil into the secret chamber of perfect peace and confidence. When a challenge comes to you, remember that you have God’s help and nothing can wholly defeat you.
Prayer For The Day
I pray that I may have confidence and be of good cheer.
I pray that I may not fear the power of failure.
Keep It Simple
Let me listen to me and not to them. —Gertrude Stein
Often we try to please everyone around us. But this may not make us happy, and so we get angry.
We feel taken advantage of.
We may be kind to others, but first we must love ourselves. How? By learning to listen to ourselves. To our dreams. To our higher power. By doing this we’ll be more happy. And those around us will probably be more happy too.
As our AA medallions say, “To Thine Own Self Be True.”
Prayer for the Day:
I pray that I’ll listen to that gentle, loving voice inside me. Higher Power, help me make me make my “conscious contact” with You better.
Action for the Day:
I will write down why I need to be true to myself.
Each Day a New Beginning
When you send out real love, real love will return to you. –Florence Scovel Shinn
Real love is selfless love. It expects nothing in return. It is not conditional. It doesn’t keep score. It is too seldom given. Many of us came into the program hurting, feeling unloved, looking desperately for love, unable to love selflessly. But we are learning.
We are climbing the same mountain, all of us. Our particular paths will cross the paths of many others before reaching the top, where we will find full enlightenment. And any path we cross has a special contribution to make to our own progress. We can be grateful for all intersecting paths, no matter how adverse they seem at the time. We can offer all our fellow-travelers real love, and our own trip will benefit manyfold.
We need not be ashamed of our desire for love. Nor need we feel shame that we’ve bargained for it. But we do need to understand that the kind of love we seek can only be gained when we quit searching for it and simply offer it to all the people in our midst.
I will look into the hearts of all the people I encounter today and offer them love. I’ll receive that which I give.
“We’re sitting on our blessed Mother Earth from which we get our strength and determination, love and humility, all the beautiful attributes that we’ve been given. So turn to one another; love one another; respect one another; respect Mother Earth; respect the waters-because that’s life itself!”
— Phil Lane, Sr. YANKTON SIOUX
Our entire point of view can be altered by making one change to align with the
principles of the Great Spirit. Let’s say we decide to become respectful. As we
become respectful, our attitude will change. We will automatically draw into our
lives knowledge about the other principles of the Great Spirit such as love, appreciation,
trust, beauty, and peace of mind. By focusing on these principles, we will let go of
selfishness, self centeredness, self pity, dishonesty, and fear. You focus on respect, you
get respect; you focus on love, you get love; you focus on the Red Road, you get
peace of mind.
Great Spirit, let me learn the lessons of respect.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You may discover that a newly acquired routine has unexpected kinks. For example, maybe you’re not going to bed early enough to get up in time to exercise. You might silently resist a new protocol that could improve your workflow while the Gemini Full Moon brightens your 12th House of Secrets. Glitches and micro-failures can fuel improvements if you choose to embrace them rather than retreating. Acknowledge the current challenges as constructive feedback, not insurmountable obstacles. Henry Ford said, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”