April 22, 2018 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

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

Misery is optional

We may have learned to be miserable, but we can choose to unlearn it. Though we can’t control what happens to us, we can determine how we will interpret and react to what happens. We can moan about the things we don’t like, using them as excuses for self-pity (“poor me”), or we can implement the Serenity Prayer, accepting what we can’t change and changing what we can.

In the past, we often made ourselves miserable by over-doing things. Now, how often do we continue to invite misery by thinking we ought to be able to control other people? What part do unrealistic expectations play in the creation and continuation of our misery?

When we’re hurting, we need to do something about it. A physical hurt may require a doctor; an emotional pain may call for a therapist or friend, and spiritual distress may indicate the need for more prayer and meditation, closer contact with a Higher Power. We can accept responsibility for our feelings, become willing to go to any lengths to get well, and choose not to be miserable.

Responding with misery is not on my list of options for today.

You are reading from the book:

Inner Harvest by Elisabeth L.

This book is now out of print and no longer available to purchase. Inner Harvest by Elisabeth L. © 1990 by Hazelden Foundation

April 22, 2018 – Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

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A Day at a Time

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Reflection for the Day

As I attend meetings of The Program, my eyes open wider and wider. Other people’s problems make mine look small, yet they are facing them with courage and confidence. Others are trapped in situations as bad as mine, but they bear their troubles with more fortitude. By going to meetings, I find many reasons to be grateful. My load has begun to lighten.

Do I expect easy solutions to my problems? Or do I ask only to be guided to a better way?

Today I Pray

Make The Program my way of life. Its goals are my goals. Its members are my truest friends. May I pass along the skills for coping I have learned there. May my turnabout and the resulting transformation in my life inspire others, as others have inspired me.

Today I Will Remember

May I be grateful.

Hazelden Foundation

April 22, 2018 – Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Sunday, April 22, 2018

AA Thought for the Day

People believe in AA when they see it work. An actual demonstration is what convinces them. What they read in books, what they hear people say doesn’t always convince them. But when they see a real honest-to-goodness change take place in a person, a change from a drunkard to a sober, useful citizen, that’s something they can believe because they can see it. There’s really only one thing that proves to me that AA works.

Have I seen the change in people who come into AA?

Meditation for the Day

Divine control and unquestioning obedience to God are the only conditions necessary for a spiritual life. Divine control means absolute faith and trust in God, a belief that God is the Divine Principle in the universe and that He is the Intelligence and the Love that controls the universe. Unquestioning obedience to God means living each day the way you believe God wants you to live, constantly seeking the guidance of God in every situation and being willing to do the right thing at all times.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may always be under Divine Control and always practice unquestioning obedience to God. I pray that I may be always ready to serve Him.

Hazelden Foundation

April 22, 2018 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

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Step by Step

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Today, stop running from regret, shame, guilt, loss and all other anguish that my drinking caused. I must  come to terms and reconciliation with all of it. By taking each step with absolute honesty and the will of my Higher Power, I will look instead to the lessons to be learned from my actions that eventually pooled together to create the pain I may still carry. Regret and shame might be eased by the single strongest amend I can make: by not drinking today. I can release guilt by learning from the mistakes that bred it, and the sense of loss might be less if I can be grateful that I even had what I lost and accept that I might not have been ready to be responsible for what I had – and lost. Today, I work on easing any pain – not by confronting it but finding the comfort in it. But, in the end, if I deny or do not allow myself to feel and deal with the hurt, the good might not feel as good as it might otherwise. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2018

April 22, 2018 – Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

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The Eye Opener

Sunday, April 22, 2018

When we take the first drink, we invite the dead certainty of physical illness, untold sorrows, shame and degradation. That first drink has built more hospitals, jails, poorhouses and insane asylums than any other cause. All the drinks that follow are simply compounding the felony.

There are some people that can drink intelligently, but these people avoid difficulties. We are not in that class, and experience has proven it. Years of sobriety will not enable us to join that class and, again, experience has proven it. Why do you persist in trying, what are you trying to prove? That you are the exception to the rule? If you are the exception, you automatically become a freak.

Hazelden Foundation

April 21, 2018 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Today’s thoughts from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation are:

Don’t sweat the small stuff, and remember, it’s all small stuff.

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Drinking didn’t cause my problems, living did.

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The practicing alcoholic is the only person in the world who can lie in the gutter and still look down on others.

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AA meetings are the jumper cables God uses to get love flowing from one alcoholic to another.

You are reading from the book:

My Mind Is Out to Get Me by Dr. Ron B.

My Mind is Out to Get Me by Dr. Ron B. © 1994 by Hazelden Foundation