July 14, 2017 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

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Step by Step

Friday, July 14, 2017

 “As we look back, we feel we had gone on drinking many years beyond the point where we could quit on our will power. If anyone questions whether he has entered this dangerous area, let him try leaving liquor alone for one year. If he is a real alcoholic and very far advanced, there is scant chance of success. In the early days of our drinking, we occasionally remained sober for a year or more, becoming serious drinkers again later. Though you may be able to stop for a considerable period, you may yet be a potential alcoholic.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, Ch 3 (“More About Alcoholism”), p 34.

Today – the AA challenge. If hangovers, the morning drink to calm a churning stomach and shakes, if warnings from the spouse, partner or employer and if high liver enzymes aren’t enough to clue me that I might have a problem with alcohol, I’ll take the AA challenge and give up drinking for a year. It would be a monumental achievement considering I probably can’t remember when I went that long without a drink after I started. And if I don’t make it …how about a piece of humble pie with a couple of side dishes of honesty and determination “to go to any lengths”  to recover? Likewise, even if I am in recovery and it’s been a few years since my last drink, what are the odds that I can start drinking responsibly again? Rhetorical question. Today, I set out on the AA challenge to go it alcohol-free for a year …one day at a time. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2017

July 14, 2017 – Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Friday, July 14, 2017

 AA Thought for the Day

One of the best things about the AA program is the peace of mind and serenity that it can bring us. In our drinking days, we had no peace of mind or serenity. We had the exact opposite, a kind of turmoil and that “quiet desperation” we knew so well. The turmoil of our drinking days was caused partly by our physical suffering, the terrible hangovers, the cold sweats, the shakes and the jitters. But it was caused even more by our mental suffering, the loneliness, the feeling of inferiority, the lying, the remorse that every alcoholic understands.

Have I achieved more peace of mind?

Meditation for the Day

Try to look for God’s leading in all your personal relationships, in all your dealings with other persons. God will help you to take care of all your relationships with people, if you are willing to let Him guide you. Rejoice that God can protect you and keep you from temptation and failure. God can protect you in all situations during the day, if you will rely on His strength and go forward. You should feel that you are entering upon the stage of success in the proper way of living. You should not doubt that better things are ahead for you. Go forward unafraid because you feel deeply safe under God’s protection.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that God may protect and keep me as long as I try to serve Him. I pray that I may go forward today unafraid.

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July 14, 2017 – Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

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A Day at a Time

Friday, July 14, 2017

 Reflection for the Day

Conditioned as we are by our old ideas and old ways of living, it’s understandable that we tend to resist certain suggestions made to us when we first come to The Program. If that’s the case, there’s no need to permanently reject such suggestions; it’s better, we’ve found, just temporarily to set them aside. The point is, there’s no hard-and-fast “right” way or “wrong” way. Each of us uses what’s best for himself or herself at a particular time, keeping an open mind regarding other kinds of help we may find valuable at another time.

Am I trying to remain open-minded?

Today I Pray

May I be enlightened about the real meaning of an open mind, aware that my one-time definition of “open-minded” as “broad-minded” doesn’t seem to fit here. May I constantly keep my mind open to the suggestions of the solid many who came into The Program before me. What has worked for them may work for me, no matter how far-fetched or how obvious it may be.

Today I Will Remember

Only an open mind can be healed.

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July 14, 2017 – Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

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The Eye Opener

Friday, July 14, 2017

Suspicion, and its first cousin, jealousy, are the world’s most bitter poisons. They are compounded from surmise, rumor and malicious gossip and are mixed in the retort of confused and unsure minds.

They serve no useful purpose on earth, but they torture all who possess them. It is much better for a person to have his worst fears justified than to live with unproven suspicions.

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July 13, 2017 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day.
 — Albert Camus

“Later.” How often have we said this? This trick helps us avoid the tasks of the day. Life is full of tasks – many fun, some boring, and others hard. Can I accept the tasks my Higher Power gives me, easy or hard?

When we used alcohol or other drugs, we’d avoid tasks if they became hard for us. We believed we had more control than we really did. We started to believe we could control outcomes. What we really were doing was setting ourselves up for a great fall. We had to face the fact that when our Higher Power had given us a task, we said no, and turned away. Thus, we turned away from the guiding hand of our Higher Power.

Prayer for the Day
God, help me face You and the tasks You give me. Make me a grateful student of life.

Today’s Action
Today I will talk with friends. I will tell them what tasks I’m working on.

You are reading from the book:

Keep It Simple by Anonymous

Keep It Simple © 1989 by Hazelden Foundation

July 13, 2017 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

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Step by Step

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Today, if the responsibility to sobriety sometimes seems overwhelming or too demanding if I fail to do it First Things First, I will not complain or cop the poor-me attitude or blow off steam on anyone or anything. Instead, I’ll remember yesterday when I couldn’t be trusted with any responsibility because I was too drunk or too hung over. I’ll remember gratitude and that my response in the past to “relaxing” robbed me of being trusted with those responsibilities. Today, no complaints, no self-pity, no turning my back on anything I’m asked to do. I’ll be grateful that I’m sober to be entrusted with the responsibilities that I have. That’s all. It’s that simple. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2017