DR – June 27, 2017

Daily Recovery Readings
June 27, 2017

Daily Reflection

CONFORMING TO THE A.A. WAY

We obey A.A.’s Steps and Traditions because we really want them for ourselves. It is no longer a question of good or evil; we conform because we genuinely want to conform. Such is our process of growth in unity and function. Such is the evidence of God’s grace and love among us.

— A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 106

It is fun to watch myself grow in A.A. I fought conformity to A.A. principles from the moment I entered, but I learned from the pain of my belligerence that, in choosing to live the A.A. way of life, I opened myself to God’s grace and love. Then I began to know the full meaning of being a member of Alcoholics Anonymous.

From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Big Book Quote

“In spite of the great increase in the size and the span of this Fellowship, at its core it remains simple and personal. Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope.”

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Foreword To Third Edition, pg. xxii~

Keep It Simple

Hell is not to love anymore.—Geogre Bernanos

Someone in an AA group said, “From the first day I started this program, I felt like I had died and gone to heaven.” This person had walked into a room full of love. In recovery, we are spiritual people because we believe in love. We have faith in love.

Love is respect. Love is truth with kindness. Love is being willing to forgive and help others.

Love is thinking about how our Higher Power wants us to act. Love is what we do best. We have turned our will and our life over to love.

Prayer for the Day:
I pray that I may love all parts of life. Higher Power, help me seek out love, not material things.

Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll think about what I love about recovery. I will share this with a couple of friends and my Higher Power.

Daily Horoscope – Cancer

Complex emotions can bottle up inside you until you find a way to express them. Thankfully, this challenge won’t slow you down now that loquacious Mercury is active in your sign. Although you’re not one to share your feelings unless you’re with someone you explicitly trust, you might experience a sense of urgency to speak your mind. Don’t fall victim to an impulsive reaction; a cautious and methodical telling of your story is ultimately more productive than an unpremeditated outburst. Author Jean Houston said, “No matter the situation, never let your emotions overpower your intelligence.”

DR – June 26, 2016

Daily Recovery Readings
June 26, 2017

Daily Reflection

A GIFT THAT GROWS WITH TIME

For most normal folks, drinking means conviviality, companionship and colorful imagination. It means release from care, boredom and worry. It is joyous intimacy with friends and a feeling that life is good.

— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 151

The longer I chased these elusive feelings with alcohol, the more out of reach they were. However, by applying this passage to my sobriety, I found that it described the magnificent new life made available to me by the A.A. program. “It” truly does “get better” one day at a time. The warmth, the love and the joy so simply expressed in these words grow in breadth and depth each time I read it. Sobriety is a gift that grows with time.

From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Big Book Quote

“Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past. But why shouldn’t we laugh? We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others.”

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Family Afterward, pg. 132~

Keep It Simple

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads.—Albert Camus

Sometimes we sat we’re getting out lives together. Together with what? With our selves. The Twelve Steps help us clean up the mess we’ve made. We’re fixing our mistakes. We’re looking at ourselves closely—at what we believe, what we feel, what we like to do, who we are. We’re asking our High Power to help us to be our best.

No wonder over lives are coming together! No wonder we feel more peace, harmony, and happiness!

Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me remember the best harmony comes when I sing from Your songbook.

Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll make choices that are in line with who I am.

Daily Horoscope – Cancer

Your emotional reactions continue to be strong, but something in your heart shifts now. You might be afraid of sharing your desires because you’re concerned about being judged. Nevertheless, yesterday’s worries become today’s acceptance. Don’t go silent, pretending that everything is fine. Take a chance and let a close friend know exactly what is bothering you, but be careful to maintain a blameless attitude. Bryant McGill wrote, “There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.”

DR – June 24, 2017

Daily Recovery Readings
June 24, 2017

Daily Reflection

A SPIRITUAL KINDERGARTEN

We are only operating a spiritual kindergarten in which people are enabled to get over drinking and find the grace to go on living to better effect.

— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 95

When I came to A.A., I was run down by the bottle and wanted to lose the obsession to drink, but I didn’t really know how to do that. I decided to stick around long enough to find out from the ones who went before me. All of a sudden I was thinking about God! I was told to get a Higher Power and I had no idea what one looked like. I found out there are many Higher Powers. I was told to find God, as I understand Him, that there was no doctrine of the Godhead in A.A. I found what worked for me and then asked that Power to restore me to sanity. The obsession to drink was removed and – one day at a time – my life went on, and I learned how to live sober.

From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Big Book Quote

“To be vital, faith must be accompanied by self sacrifice and unselfish, constructive action.”

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 93

Keep It Simple

Beauty is gift of God.—Aristotle

In our addiction, we often went after what was ugly in life. Maybe we hung out in bad places.

Maybe we saw people’s defects instead of their beauty. Addiction is ugly, painful disease. The worst part of addiction is how it doesn’t let us see beauty in the world.

There is much beauty in each of us. Recovery is beautiful. Our stories are beautiful. The way we help each other is beautiful. The way we become loving family members is beautiful. But sometimes, we may still see the world as ugly. At these times, we need to turn to our program.

Maybe we need to help someone by working Step Twelve. Maybe we need ask to give the Step at our meeting. Maybe we just need to read the Big Book. Whatever we do, one thing is sure— if we turn to our program, we’ll see how beautiful the world is.

Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me see beautiful today. Help me be beautiful today.

Action for the Day:
Today I’ll let myself feel beautiful. I’ll see recovery as beautiful.

Daily Horoscope – Cancer

A close friend or lover may initiate an unpleasant conversation today. Fortunately, you can manage the intensity of another person’s fears now, because you recently fought a battle with your own demons and won. Although you don’t have solutions to someone else’s dilemma, you are fully capable of holding space for their process without overreacting. This profound emotional work is not to be taken lightly. However, your efforts are appreciated and your continuing support is nurturing for all involved. Gloria Steinem said, “Empathy is the most radical of human emotions.”

DR – June 23, 2017

Daily Recovery Readings
June 23, 2017

Daily Reflection

TRUSTING OTHERS

But does trust require that we be blind to other people’s motives or, indeed, to our own? Not at all; this would be folly. Most certainly, we should assess the capacity for harm as well as the capability for good in every person that we would trust. Such a private inventory can reveal the degree of confidence we should extend in any given situation.

— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 144

I am not a victim of others, but rather a victim of my expectations, choices and dishonesty. When I expect others to be what I want them to be and not who they are, when they fail to meet my expectations, I am hurt. When my choices are based on self-centeredness, I find I am lonely and distrustful. I gain confidence in myself, however, when I practice honesty in all my affairs. When I search my motives and am honest and trusting, I am aware of the capacity for harm in situations and can avoid those that are harmful.

From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Big Book Quote

“There may be some wrongs we can never fully right. We don’t worry about them if we can honestly say to ourselves that we would right them if we could.”

Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg 83

Keep It Simple

Words are sacred, we must use them wisely. . . . They are a gift from God.~Burton Pretty-On-Top

We use words to bring peace to others. We can use words to tell God and others how much we care. Or we can use words to hurt others. We can curse them and scare them away. We often did when we used alcohol and other drugs.

In recovery, we learn to use words in a kind, wise way. We treat words as a gift from God. We use words to build our relationships.

Do I always use words in a kind way? Do I treat words as a powerful gift from God? Do my words make the world better or worse for those who hear me speak?

Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, when I speak words, help me think about their power. Help me speak to others in a kind way.

Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll speak to others with respect. My words will add a little kindness, honesty, and love to the world today.

Daily Horoscope – Cancer

As soon as you’re finished working today, get outside and catch some critical solar rays. Perhaps you could make time for some summer reading or light gardening. And even if you’re not inclined to worship the Sun directly, at least make sure you utilize the New Moon in your sign to revitalize your soul. There’s no need to worry about accomplishing your goals now. Just enjoy the experience of swimming around in the sea of your colorful inner world. John Keats wrote, “The poetry of the earth is never dead.”

DR – June 22, 2017

Daily Recovery Readings
June 21, 2017

Daily Reflection

TODAY, I’M FREE

This brought me to the good healthy realization that there were plenty of situations left in the world over which I had no personal power – that if I was so ready to admit that to be the case with alcohol, so I must make the same admission with respect to much else. I would have to be still and know that He, not I, was God.

— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 114

I am learning to practice acceptance in all circumstances of my life, so that I may enjoy peace of mind. At one time life was a constant battle because I felt I had to go through each day fighting myself, and everyone else. Eventually, this became a losing battle. I ended up getting drunk and crying over my misery. When I began to let go and let God take over my life I began to have peace of mind. Today, I am free. I do not have to fight anybody or anything anymore.

From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Big Book Quote

“When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing. God either is or He isn’t.”

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 53~

Keep It Simple

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.—St. Augustine.

We started recovering the minute we admitted we were powerless over our illness. We crossed over from dishonesty to honesty.

+Often, we don’t see what power honestly has. Maybe we still aren’t sure that being honest is best for us. It is! This is why the authors of the Big Book ask us to be totally honest from the start.

Just as denial is what makes addiction work, honesty is what makes recovery work.

Honesty means self-respect. Honesty heals. Honesty let us look people in the eyes. What comfort we’ll feel as we deeper into our program.

Prayer for the Day:
I pray that I’ll let go totally. I pray that I’ll keep no secrets that could put my sobriety at risk.

Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll read the first three pages of “How It Works” in the Big Book.

Daily Horoscope – Cancer

You don’t want anyone to know how buzzed you are today, but the coffee has kicked in and you’re flying through the intellectual stratosphere. Nevertheless, you wish you could concentrate on your work, but your thoughts are bouncing around from one end to another. Instead of trying to fit your whole being into a confined space, break out of the cage. Connect with your inner eagle and rise above the storm. Once you are soaring, you can see your entire life from a wider perspective. Follow your inner compass and you’ll easily find a place to rest when your spiritual work is done.

DR – June 20, 2017

Daily Recovery Readings
June 20, 2017

Daily Reflection

ELEASE FROM FEAR

The problem of resolving fear has two aspects. We shall have to try for all the freedom from fear that is possible for us to attain. Then we shall need to find both the courage and grace to deal constructively with whatever fears remain.

— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 61

Most of my decisions were based on fear. Alcohol made life easier to face, but the time came when alcohol was no longer an alternative to fear. One of the greatest gifts in A.A. for me has been the courage to take action, which I can do with God’s help. After five years of sobriety I had to deal with a heavy dose of fear. God put the people in my life to help me do that and, through my working the Twelve Steps, I am becoming the whole person I wish to be and, for that, I am deeply grateful.

From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Big Book Quote

“So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn’t think so.”

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 62~

Keep It Simple

Order is heaven’s first law.—Alexander Pope

We need order in our lives. It makes life simpler for us. Life without order would be like driving in a large city without traffic signals. Our lives as addicts were like this. We lived with no plan, no order.

Now that we’re sober, we can put some order in our lives. We can get up every morning. We can make our beds and be on time for work. These things make life so much easier and nicer. we need this order. It allows us to depend on ourselves.

We now look at the Twelve Steps to bring order to our lives. The Steps follow each other as summer follows spring. Do I allow myself to follow the natural order or do I fight it?

Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, You’ve put order in this world. Please put order in my life. Let me flow within this order instead of being on my own.

Action for the Day:
The Twelve Steps have a natural order. Today I’ll take time to read each Step and think about the order found in them.

Daily Horoscope – Cancer

Your brain is tired of the endless stream of words and you wish you could find the switch to turn them off. The placid Taurus Moon entices you to slow the pace of your life and make time to smell the flowers. However, there’s a perfect opportunity to check tasks off your to-do list, making it a serious mistake to escape just yet. Additionally, take good care of your body since suffering from exhaustion is a very real possibility if you ignore your physical needs. But don’t get lazy if there are chores to be done; a month from now you may wish you had started today.

DR – June 19, 2017

Daily Recovery Readings
June 19, 2017

Daily Reflection

“A.A. REGENERATION”

Such is the paradox of A.A. regeneration: strength arising out of complete defeat and weakness, the loss of one’s old life as a condition for finding a new one.

~ A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 46

A thousand beatings by John Barleycorn did not encourage me to admit defeat. I believed it was my moral obligation to conquer my “enemy-friend.” At my first A.A. meeting I was blessed with a feeling that it was all right to admit defeat to a disease which had nothing to do with my “moral fiber.” I knew instinctively that I was in the presence of a great love when I entered the doors of A.A. With no effort on my part, I became aware that to love myself was good and right, as God had intended. My feelings set me free, where my thoughts had held me in bondage. I am grateful.

From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Big Book Quote

“In a few seconds he was overwhelmed by a conviction of the Presence of God. It poured over and through him with the certainty and majesty of a great tide at flood. The barriers he had built through the years were swept away. He stood in the Presence of Infinite Power and Love. He had stepped from bridge to shore. For the first time, he lived in conscious companionship with his Creator.”

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 56~

Keep It Simple

If you tell the truth, you don’t need to remember anything.—Mark Twain

One thing is a lot easier in life now is this—we can keep our story straight! We are learning that there’s one really good way to get along with people. Keep It Simple. Just tell the truth.

It’s hard to do at first. We might think, “If people see the real me, what will happen?” We might be afraid of what will happen if we don’t lie or make excuses.

But telling the truth works! We find out we never did fool anyone anyway!

Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, make me honest.

Action for the Day:
I’ll list all the ways honesty will help me in recovery. I’ll sign-up to give a meeting on honesty.

Daily Horoscope – Cancer

You could shock your friends and associates with your unexpected behavior at work today. Just when you think everything is under control, your frustration gets the best of you and you break from the script. You worry others when you’re no longer a character in someone else’s plot. But you make people nervous because you’re closer to the truth now. Don’t take anything for granted, including your role in this delicate moment. You may be most effective by leading others to the edge of the cliff, but not jumping yourself. There’s still work for you to complete exactly where you are.