Daily Recovery Readings
November 24, 2018
A UNIVERSAL SEARCH
Be quick to see where religious people are right. Make use of what they offer.
~ ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 87
I do not claim to have all the answers in spiritual matters, any more than I claim to have all the answers about alcoholism. There are others who are also engaged in a spiritual search. If I keep an open mind about what others have to say, I have much to gain. My sobriety is greatly enriched, and my practice of the Eleventh Step more fruitful, when I
use both the literature and practices of my Judeo-Christian tradition, and the resources of other religions. Thus, I receive support from many sources in staying away from the first drink.
Big Book Quote
“But my friend sat before me, and he made the pointblank declaration that God had done for him what he could not do for himself. His human will had failed. Doctors had pronounced him incurable. Society was about to lock him up. Like myself, he had admitted complete defeat. Then he had, in effect, been raised from the dead, suddenly taken from the scrap heap to a level of life better than the best he had ever known!”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Bill’s Story, pg. 11~
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
A.A. Thought For The Day
Instead of being pretended perfectionists, in A.A. we are content if we are making progress. The main thing is to be growing. We realize that perfectionism is only a result of false pride and an excuse to save our faces. In A.A. we are willing to make mistakes and to stumble, provided we are always stumbling forward. We are not so interested in what we are as in what we are becoming. We are on the way, not at the goal. And we will be on the way as long as we live. No A.A. has ever “arrived.” But we are getting better. Am I making progress?
Meditation For The Day
Each new day brings an opportunity to do some little thing that will help to make a better world, that will bring God’s kingdom a little nearer to being realized on earth. Take each day’s happenings as opportunities for something you can do for God. In that spirit, a blessing will attend all that you do. Offering this day’s service to God, you are sharing in His work. You do not have to do great things.
Prayer For The Day
I pray that today I may do the next thing, the unselfish thing,
the loving thing. I pray that I may be content with doing
small things as long as they are right.
Keep It Simple
Freedom is not enough. —Lyndon B. Johnson
We are free of alcohol and other drugs. We’ve been given a second chance or third chance.
For that, we thank our Higher Power. We’ve started a new life. But to keep this life, we need to change. We need new friends. We need to let a Higher Power guide our hearts, minds, and bodies. We need new friends. We need to let a Higher Power guide our hearts, and bodies. We need to learn new values and how to stand up for them. We need to learn how to give and receive.
Freedom from dependence is not enough. We also want to be happy, and to do something with our lives. So each day we keep learning, we keep growing. Each day without alcohol or other drugs is a gift, a gift from God.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, You set me free. Now teach me to stay free. Guide me, for keeping my freedom is a big task
Action for the Day:
I will meditate on my freedom. I will take time to list all the ways I am now free.
Each Day a New Beginning
“If onlys” are lonely. –Morgan Jennings
The circumstances of our lives seldom live up to our expectations or desires. However, in each circumstance we are offered an opportunity for growth or change, a chance for greater understanding of life’s heights and pitfalls. Each time we choose to lament what isn’t, we close the door on the invitation to a better existence.
We simply don’t know just what’s best for us. Our vision is limited. Less so today than yesterday, but limited still. The experiences we are offered will fail to satisfy our expectations because we expect so much less than God has planned for us in the days ahead.
We get what we need, in the way of relationships, adventures, joys and sorrows, today and every day. Celebrating what we get and knowing there is good in it eases whatever trial we are undergoing. We are cared for, right now. We need not lament what we think we need. We do have what we need. We will always get what we need, when we need it.
I will breathe deeply and relax. At this moment my every need is being attended to. My life is unfolding exactly as it should.
“Things would go well for us if we would think positively about everything.”
— Mary Hayes, CLAOQUOT
Each of our thoughts are like individual seeds. These thoughts will plant our life
garden. Whatever our thoughts, they grow in our gardens. Each day we will process
about 50,000 thoughts or thought seeds. Positive thoughts will produce positive results.
Have you ever been aware of what you are thinking about during the day? Of the
possible 50,000 thoughts in one day – if the positive thoughts were flowers and the
negative thoughts were weeds – how would your garden look at the end of the day?
Great Spirit, let me plant positive seeds.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
There’s nothing wrong with giving others permission to relax as long as you give yourself the same kindness. Dieters allow themselves cheat days, so you’re certainly entitled to your own version of a day when you can slack off a little. Extending this same courtesy to those around you offers everyone a chance to breathe and regroup. Lower your expectations today. It’s not that you drop the ball, or anyone intentionally lets you down now. Sometimes you just don’t feel like stretching too hard to reach those lofty ideals. Taking the time to rediscover your bliss will help you find your flow again.