April 18, 2019 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

There is no shortcut to life. To the end of our days, life is a lesson imperfectly learned.   — Harrison E. Salisbury

There are no perfect days. We have struggled hard against this truth. In our demanding ways, we haven’t wanted life to be a process; we have wanted to reach a secure point of arrival. We have struggled against the dialogue and learning process of experience. We’ve looked for a “fix” and for perfection. Even now in recovery we long to “get it right.” We continue to learn and to grow, but the lessons we learn are not the things we expected. We grieve the lateness of our learning, and then we go on to learn more.

As we grow in this program, we learn how to learn. We become more accepting of life as a process with no shortcut to the truth. We learn to engage in the process and accept that there usually is no right or wrong answer at the end of our search.

Today, may I accept the truth which comes from the lessons of my experience—and be tolerant of its incompleteness.

Hazelden Foundation

April 18, 2019 – Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Thursday, April 18, 2019

AA Thought for the Day

As I look back over my drinking career, have I learned that you take out of life what you put into it? When I put drinking into my life, did I take out a lot of bad things? Hospitals with the DT’s? Jails for drunken driving? Loss of job? Loss of home and family?

When I put drinking into my life, was almost everything I took out bad?

Meditation for the Day

I should strive for a friendliness and helpfulness that will affect all who come near to me. I should try to see something to love in them. I should welcome them, bestow little courtesies and understandings on them and help them if they ask for help. I must send no one away without a word of cheer, a feeling that I really care about them. God may have put the impulse in some despairing one’s mind to come to me. I must not fail God by repulsing that person. They may not want to communicate with me unless they are sure of a warm welcome.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may warmly welcome all who come to me for help. I pray that I may make them feel that I really care.

Hazelden Foundation

April 18, 2019 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

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Step by Step

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Today, recommit as a member of the Program and its members who confide their Fourth Step and all other communications. We must treat as private all things any members share and cannot “gossip” with anyone whatever another member says even if there is no stated promise of confidentiality. Failure to treat as private all matters involving any member is a show of disrespect to both the other person and the Program, and disqualifies us as a credible and trustworthy 12th-Stepper. In recovery, we cannot expect that what we share will be a private communication if we do not convey the same respect of others. Today, sobriety carries the responsibility of loyalty, trust and respect of the Program and its members – and they have it. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2019

April 18, 2019 – Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

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A Day at a Time

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Reflection for the Day

We in The Program know full well the futility of trying to overcome our addictions by willpower alone. At the same time, we do know that it takes great willingness to adopt The Program’s Twelve Steps as a way of life that can restore us to sanity. No matter how severe our addictions, we discover with relief that choices can still be made. For example, we can choose to admit that we’re personally powerless over chemical dependency; that dependence upon a Higher Power is a necessity, even if this be simply dependence upon our group in The Program.

Have I chosen to try for a life of honesty and humility, of selfless service to my fellows and to God as I understand Him?

Today I Pray

God grant me the wisdom to know the difference between “willpower” (which has failed me before) and “willingness” to seek help for my dependency, through Him and through others who are also recovering. May I know that there are choices open to me as there are to my fellow-sufferers in the foggiest stages of addiction. May I choose the kind of life God wants for me.

Today I Will Remember

Willingness, more than willpower, is the key to recovery.

Hazelden Foundation

April 18, 2019 – Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

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The Eye Opener

Thursday, April 18, 2019

It has always been a source of amusement to observe how belligerent people get in religious controversies, and it is usually true that the less religion they practice, the more they are prone to argue about it.

A convert is anyone who deserts some other form of religion and accepts yours or mine, while a renegade is one who deserts either yours or mine. Your convert may be my renegade.

Those who have the real spirit of the Golden Rule don’t have to fight over religion for they have it, they know they have it and they know no one can take it from them.

Hazelden Foundation

April 17, 2019 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

AA Thought for the Day

One thing that keeps me sober is a feeling of loyalty to the other members of the group. I know I’d be letting them down if I ever took a drink. When I was drinking, I wasn’t loyal to anybody. I should have been loyal to my family, but I wasn’t. I let them down by my drinking. When I came into AA, I found a group of people who were not only helping each other to stay sober, but who were loyal to each other by staying sober themselves.

Am I loyal to my group?

Meditation for the Day

Calmness is constructive of good. Agitation is destructive of good. I should not rush into action. I should first “be still and know that He is God.” Then I should act only as God directs me through my conscience. Only trust, perfect trust in God, can keep me calm when all around me are agitated. Calmness is trust in action. I should seek all things that can help me to cultivate calmness. To attain material things, the world learns to attain speed. To attain spiritual things, I have to learn to attain a state of calm.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may learn how to have inner peace. I pray that I may be calm, so that God can work through me.

Hazelden Foundation