Jan. 17, 2019 – Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

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A Day at a Time

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

Reflection for the Day

I have been told over and over that I must constantly work to give up my old ideas. “That’s easy for you to say,” I’ve sometimes thought. All my life, I have been programmed, computer-style; specific inputs brought forth predictable responses. My mind still tends to react as a computer reacts, but I am learning to destroy the old tapes and literally reprogram myself.

Am I fully willing to abandon my old ideas? Am I being fearless and thorough on a daily basis?

Today I Pray

Help me to take inventory each day of my stock of my new, healthy thoughts, throwing out the old ones as I happen upon them without regret or nostalgia. For I have outgrown those old ideas, which are as scuffed and run-over as an old pair of shoes. Now, in the light, I can see that they are filled with holes.

Today I Will Remember

The Program reprograms.

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Jan. 17, 2019 – Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

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The Eye Opener

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

In our serenity prayer we accept with patience the things we cannot change in full knowledge that all emanates from God and is therefore Good, whether we recognize it as such or not. The courage to change the things we can, knowing full well that we are the instrumentalities through which God works. The knowledge to differentiate between the two is that to which we all aspire.

No longer can THINGS drive us to drink for THINGS are something outside our being and can only enter our hearts and minds if we admit them. Our experience has taught us that our greatest misfortunates were frequently our ultimate good — even our years of drunken torture were a blessing in disguise, for only by this means would we have found our bigger and better way of life.

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Jan. 17, 2019 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

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Step by Step

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

“Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”  Step Five

Today: the confession step. We bring to this one what we uncovered in our moral inventory of the Fourth Step. And it requires admission to three confidants – God, ourselves, and another person. Why? We need the guidance of a Higher Power of our understanding and another person to put our wrongs in a perspective that we may not have because of predictable prejudice. Without bringing to a Higher Power and another person the nature of our wrongs, we risk allowing the guilt, remorse and regret to eat us up. We are asked in the Fifth to admit only the “exact nature” of our wrongs, not our exact wrongs. Some may find admitting only to the nature of their wrongs to be incomplete; a detailed “confession” might be liberating.Today, I “confess” my wrongs not just to myself, but to my Higher Power and to another person. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2019

Jan. 16, 2019 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

Faith is a prerequisite of any undertaking — Margo Jones

How many dreams have we let die? How many projects did we start, only to leave them unfinished? How many times have we promised ourselves, “This time will be different,” but then didn’t work to make it so? Negativity breeds more negativity. Fortunately, its opposite does likewise. Our attitude will carry us a long way. And a positive attitude will make all things possible.

We are meant for good living. But we must seek it out and be open to its invitation, be willing to put forth the necessary effort. Our dreams are our invitations to move forward, to strive for a further goal. And having faith in our ability to achieve our dreams will make easier the necessary steps.

We have been blessed with dreams, all of us. They are gifts meant to stretch our capabilities.

I can trust my dreams and aspirations. They are mine, alone, and special to me. Achievement is possible; faith and a positive attitude will ease my efforts.

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Jan. 16, 2019 – Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

AA Thought for the Day

The AA program is more a way of building a new life than just a way of getting over drinking because, in AA, we don’t just stop drinking. We did that plenty of times in the old days when we “went on the wagon.” And, of course, we always started to drink again because we were only waiting for the time when we could fall off. Once we’ve got sober through the AA program, we start going uphill. In our drinking days, we were going downhill, getting worse and worse. We either go down or up.

Am I going uphill, getting better and better?

Meditation for the Day

I will try to obey God’s will day in and day out, in the wilderness plains as well as on the mountaintops of experience. It is in the daily strivings that perseverance counts. I believe that God is Lord of little things, the Divine Controller of little happenings. I will persevere in this new way of life. I know that nothing in the day is too small to be part of God’s scheme.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that the little stone which I put into the mosaic of my life may make a worthwhile pattern. I pray that I may persevere and so find harmony and beauty.

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Jan. 16, 2019 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

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Step by Step

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

“Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” – Step Four

Todaythe Fourth Step, if not one of the most intimidating of the 12 Steps, one of the most gut-wrenching. In even hoping to take this one on productively and honestly, I must be certain  that I have exercised Steps One, Two and Three to the best of my ability because, if I haven’t, the consequences of taking the Fourth could be devastating. In beginning my moral inventory, may I have the wisdom to ask my Higher Power for the courage, strength, honesty and objectivity to be as searching as I can. And let me remember that the Fourth asks for a moral accounting, not an immoral one, and of myself and not of another person. And making it objective is the reason I should take it with a sponsor or, at least, someone I trust unconditionally. Today, my inventory will be “searching” and, however intimidating, “fearless.” And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2019

Jan. 16, 2019 – Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

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The Eye Opener

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

We are definitely what we think – as a man thinketh, so is he. The trick for all of us is to cull out of our thinking those thoughts that are injurious to us and to retain those that are beneficial.

We conceive our own thoughts, we give them birth, we nourish and sustain them – they are our brain children. Our lives become intertwined with them, and their influence on us and our behavior is enormous.

The thoughts we have must be purely conceived, carefully trained, well disciplined and encouraged. In so doing, we surround ourselves with a group of brain children whose influence on our lives brings the happy results we can hopefully expect.

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