July 6, 2020 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step

Monday, July 6, 2020

Todaysimplify and “de-mystify” recovery with three basic but essential concepts: choice, consequences, and personal responsibility. Discarding all the reasons I can produce to “justify” my drinking – I have a compulsion that compels me to feed it with anger, fear, resentment, loneliness, grief. In the end, drinking comes down to an essential truth: it is my choice and mine alone. And my choice to drink, as with all other choices I make, brings consequences, and with those consequences comes responsibility to the consequences. I thus have a simple choice, namely if I want to be responsible to the consequences of my choice to drink. For me, the past consequences of drinking grew progressively harsher, costlier and never less. And because now I do not want to face the consequences, I will not be responsible to them by making a simple but obvious choice: don’t drink. Today, I have the choice to drink or not. I pick the latter because the first bears consequences that are too heavy for me. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2020

July 6, 2020 – Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Monday, July 6, 2020

AA Thought for the Day

We tried to study our alcoholic problem, wondering what was the cause of our strange obsession. Many of us took special treatments, hospitalization, even confinement in institutions. In every case, the relief was only temporary. We tried through crazy excuses to convince ourselves that we knew why we drank, but we went on regardless. Finally drinking had gone far beyond even a habit. We had become alcoholics, men and women who had been destroying themselves against their own will.

Am I completely free from my alcoholic obsession?

Meditation for the Day

“Ask and ye shall receive.” Never let yourself think that you cannot do something useful or that you never will be able to accomplish a useful task. The fact is that you can do practically anything in the field of human relationships, if you are willing to call on God’s supply of strength. The supply may not be immediately available, because you may not be entirely ready to receive it. But it will surely come when you are properly prepared for it. As you grow spiritually, a feeling of being plentifully supplied by God’s strength will possess you and you will be able to accomplish many useful things.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may claim God’s supply of strength by my faith in Him. I pray that it shall be given to me according to my faith.

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July 6, 2020 – Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time

Monday, July 6, 2020

Reflection for the Day

Some people in The Program don’t feel that they can do the things they want to do. They doubt their own ability. But actually, every person has untapped ability. We’re children of God, which should give us a strong clue as to the infinite nature of our ability. As spiritual beings, we’re unlimited. True, we may find it easier to accept this as true of some person who shines in a particular field. We may compare our own accomplishments with another’s and feel discouraged. But the only comparison we need make or should make is with yourself.

Am I a better, more productive person today?

Today I Pray

May I realize that I am a child of God. And His loving-parent promise to give me what I need, not what I might want, is His way of teaching me to be what I am, not what I dreamed I should be. As a spiritual being, I can truly become a productive person – perhaps even do some of the things I once felt unable to do without the aid of props – drinks, pills, excesses of food which lulled me into false confidence.

Today I Will Remember

To compare me with the old me.

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July 6, 2020 – Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener

Monday, July 6, 2020

Youth might be termed a zest for living. As long as we have enthusiasm for living, we are young regardless of years. Too often the alcoholic has taken so many hard knocks from life that life has lost its attraction. We have seen so many hopes and ambitions fade that life appears to us a total loss.

AA brings into our lives a new purpose in living; it restores our faith and hope and thereby rejuvenates our minds to the point of a new zest for living.

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July 6, 2020 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

All our loves are first loves.Susan Fromberg Schaeffer

When we fall in love with someone, it is a unique thing that comes from deep within us. Any relationship is the creation of two people who open themselves to each other and share themselves beyond the usual boundaries. That is the excitement of true love. Two people give each other the keys to their private world, just as we might share the key to our home, trusting that it will be used with care and respect. This intimacy isn’t usually instantaneous. It builds on experience together.

In an intimate relationship, we have the responsibility to be good stewards of the trust given to us. Looking at our partner’s role is always so much easier than looking at our own, but we need to resist that easy temptation. Our first questions should always be: Do I make it safe for my partner to be open with me? Do I witness my partner’s vulnerability as a trust that I do not abuse? Am I gentle and respectful with the key my partner gave me?

Today, I will be a good partner, honoring and guarding the trust I have been given.

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July 5, 2020 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step

Sunday, July 5, 2020

“It helped me a great deal to become convinced that alcoholism was a disease, not a moral issue; that I had been drinking as a result of a compulsion, even though I had not been aware of the compulsion at the time; and that sobriety was not a matter of willpower. The people of AA had something that looked much better than what I had, but I was afraid to let go of what I had in order to try something new; there was a certain sense of security in the familiar.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, Ch 17 (“Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict”), p 448.

Today, wisdom to understand that “security” I thought I had in the familiarity of alcohol was actually the predictability of its outcome. I need look no further than yesterday to know that my drinking progressed and never regressed, that its consequences became gradually harsher and that the court’s sentence was pretty much what it was with all the other DUI’s before. Today, I give up that s sense of security that is really nothing more than predictability and take a chance on what is not familiar – sobriety. At least with sobriety, I don’t have the boredom of knowing the outcome because the outcome of my drinking was always the same. Maybe the unpredictability of the benefits of sobriety is worth the effort. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2020

July 5, 2020 – Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Sunday, July 5, 2020

AA Thought for the Day

Until we came into AA, most of us had tried desperately to stop drinking. We were filled with the delusion that we could drink like our friends. We tried time and again to take it or leave it, but we could do neither. We always lapsed into ceaseless, unhappy drinking. Wives or husbands, families, friends and employers threw up their hands in hurt bewilderment, in despair and, finally, in disgust. We wanted to stop. We realized that every reason for drinking was only a crazy excuse.

Have I given up every excuse for drinking?

Meditation for the Day

Many things can upset you, and you can easily get off the track. But remember that God is near you all the time, ready to help you if you call on Him. You cannot forever stand against God’s will for you, nor can you forever upset God’s plan for your life, even though God’s plan may be postponed by your willfulness and deliberate choice of evil. A whole world of men and women cannot permanently change God’s laws nor His purpose for the universe. The sea of life may look very rough to us, but we can believe that our Captain steers the boat on a straight course.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may try to steer a straight course. I pray that I may accept God’s direction in my life’s journey.

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July 5, 2020 – Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Reflection for the Day

I am free to be, to do, to accept, to reject. I am free to be the wise, loving, kind and patient person I want to be. I’m free to do that which I consider wise – that which will in no way harm or hinder another person. I’m free to do that which will lead me into paths of peace and satisfaction. I’m free to decide for or against, to say no and to say yes. I’m free to live life in a productive way and to contribute what I have to give to life.

Am I coming to believe that I’m free to be the best self I’m able to be?

Today I Pray

Let the freedom I am now experiencing continue to flow through my life into productiveness, into the conviction of life’s goodness I have always wanted to share. May I accept this freedom with God’s blessing – and use it wisely.

Today I Will Remember

Let freedom ring true.

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July 5, 2020 – Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener

Sunday, July 5, 2020

It is often the case that great scholars make the acquiring of knowledge a goal instead of a means to a goal.

If you thoroughly learned all the lessons in AA by heart and made no use of it, you would find it but a waste of time and effort.

You must put your new-found knowledge to work, you must pass it on or it will be not only valueless to humanity but, in all probability, of no material help to you.

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