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March 26, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Thursday, March 26, 2015
 
We in AA have many religious affiliations, and there are some of us who contend that AA is all the religion they need. Yet this fact remains: the spiritual facts on which AA is based would not have survived the ages but for the tenacity of formal religions.

Without religions, our moral, political and social structure would collapse. There is a lot in all denominations that can be criticized but, without them, life would be chaos.

Hazelden Foundation

March 26, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Thursday, March 26, 2015
 
Reflection for the Day
I know today that getting active means trying to live the suggested Steps of The Program to the best of my ability. It means striving for some degree of honesty, first with myself, then with others. It means activity directed inward, to enable me to see myself and my relationship with my Higher Power more clearly. As I get active, outside and inside myself, so shall I grow in The Program.

Do I let others do all the work at meetings? Do I carry my share?

Today I Pray
May I realize that "letting go and letting God" does not mean that I do not have to put any effort into The Program. It is up to me to work the Twelve Steps, to learn what may be an entirely new thing with me - honesty. May I differentiate between activity for activity's sake - busy-work to keep me from thinking - and the thoughtful activity which helps me to grow.

Today I Will Remember
"Letting God" means letting Him show us how.

Hazelden Foundation

March 26, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Thursday, March 26, 2015
 
AA Thought for the Day
Strength comes also from working with other alcoholics. When you are trying to help a new prospect with the program, you are building up your own strength at the same time. You see the other person in the condition you might be in yourself and it makes your resolve to stay sober stronger than ever. Often, you help yourself more than the other person, but if you do succeed in helping the prospect to get sober, you are stronger from the experience of having helped another person.

Am I receiving strength from working with others?

Meditation for the Day
Faith is the bridge between you and God. It is the bridge which God has ordained. If all were seen and known, there would be no merit in doing right. Therefore, God has ordained that we do not see or know directly. But we can experience the power of His spirit through our faith. It is the bridge between us and Him, which we can take or not, as we will. There could be no morality without free will. We must make the choice ourselves. We must make the venture of belief.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may choose and decide to cross the bridge of faith. I pray that by crossing this bridge I may receive the spiritual power I need.

Hazelden Foundation

March 26, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Thursday, March 26, 2015
 
Today, I recognize that I have spent much of my life expecting other people to meet my demands and expectations to fulfill my needs and wants. In selfishness and vanity, I often rejected in anger those who failed or would not give me what I wanted or needed when I wanted or needed it. In those times of looking to the outside for fulfillment, I had not a clue how to look inside myself and beyond something stronger than other people to attain what since have become different needs and expectations. In AA, I understand now that I put my sobriety first and foremost above everyone and all else to earn acceptance, friendship, love and empathy. And my expectations of others were so unrealistic and selfish that I became needy to the point of being pathetic. Now I see the consequences, sometimes disastrous, of putting all my expectations on others but am able to look inside myself and to a Power stronger than myself to earn what I need. Today, I will take from the reservoir of what AA has given me to meet my needs and not weigh anyone with expectations so selfish and heavy that I ignore that they, too, have their own needs. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2015

March 25, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
 
Reflection for the Day
If a chemically-dependent person wants to live successfully in society, he or she must replace the power of chemicals over his/her life with the power of something else - preferably positive, at least neutral, but not negative. That is why we say to the agnostic newcomer: If you can't believe in God, find a positive power that is as great as the power of your addiction, and give it the power and dependence you gave to your addiction. In The Program, the agnostic is left free to find his or her Higher Power, and can use the principles of The Program and the therapy of the meetings to aid in rebuilding his/her life.

Do I go out of my way to work with newcomers?

Today I Pray
May the Power of The Program work its miracles equally for those who believe in a personal God or in a Universal Spirit or in the strength of the group itself, or for those who define their Higher Power in their own terms, religious or not. If newcomers are disturbed by the religiosity of The Program, may I welcome them on their own spiritual terms. May I recognize that we are all spiritual beings.

Today I Will Remember
To each his own spirituality.

Hazelden Foundation

March 25, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
 
AA Thought for the Day
Strength comes from coming to believe in a Higher Power that can help you. You can't define this Higher Power, but you can see how it helps other alcoholics. You hear them talk about it and you begin to get the idea yourself. You try praying in a quiet time each morning and you begin to feel stronger, as though your prayers were heard. So you gradually come to believe there must be a Power in the world outside yourself, which is stronger than you and to which you can turn for help.

Am I receiving strength from my faith in a Higher Power?

Meditation for the Day
Spiritual development is achieved by daily persistence in living the way you believe God wants you to live. Like the wearing away of a stone by steady drops of water, so will your daily persistence wear away all the difficulties and gain spiritual success for you. Never falter in this daily, steady persistence. Go forward boldly and unafraid. God will help and strengthen you, as long as you are trying to do His will.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may persist day by day in gaining spiritual experience. I pray that I may make this a lifetime work.

Hazelden Foundation

March 25, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
 
Today, I focus on my compulsiveness so as not to react to anyone or anything with the heightened emotions that nurtured the defects of my character. From a behavioral standpoint, we alcoholics drank with compulsion; as such, my alcoholism is both physical and behavioral. To get the discipline and humility to prevent compulsion from gaining an upper hand in all my affairs, I can exercise Step Three as I begin this day by handing over to my Higher Power my will and ask instead for His will. Today, as I set out, I surrender my will - or self-will run riot - to my Higher Power, and I can have faith that He will strengthen me with grace to act accordingly and responsibly instead out of the compulsion that contributed to my spiritual and mental disease. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2015

March 24, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
 
Life is not a succession of days on earth, but rather it is an accumulation of experiences. Days are simply time locations where experiences transpired. The day on which no event occurred is a day lost out of life, for it had nothing in it to justify its memory.

Hazelden Foundation

March 24, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
 
Reflection for the Day
All of us are faced with the troubles and problems of daily living, whether we've been in The Program two days or 20 years. We'd sometimes like to believe we could take care of all our problems right now, but it rarely works that way. If we remember the slogan "Easy Does It" when we are ready to panic, we may come to know that the very best way to handle all things is "Easy." We put one foot in front of the other, doing the best we are capable of doing. We say, "Easy Does It," and we do it.

Are The Program's slogans growing with me as I grow with The Program?

Today I Pray
May even the words "Easy Does It" serve to slow me down in my headlong rush to accomplish too much too fast. May just the word "Easy" be enough to make me ease up on the whips that drive my ambitions, ease up on the accelerator which plunges me into new situations without enough forethought, ease off the number of hours spent in material pursuits. May I hark to the adage that Rome wasn't built in a single day. Neither can I build solutions to my problems all at once.

Today I Will Remember
Easy Does It.

Hazelden Foundation

March 24, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
 
AA Thought for the Day
Strength comes from honestly telling your own experiences with drinking. In religion, they call it confession. We call it witnessing or sharing. You give a personal witness, you share your past experiences, the troubles you got into, the hospitals, the jails, the break-up of your home, the money wasted, the debts and all the foolish things you did when you were drinking. This personal witness lets out the things you had kept hidden, brings them out into the open, and you find release and strength.

Am I receiving strength from my personal witnessing?

Meditation for the Day
We cannot fully understand the universe. The simple fact is that we cannot even define space or time. They are both boundless, in spite of all we can do to limit them. We live in a box of space and time which we have manufactured by our own minds and on that depends all our so-called knowledge of the universe. The simple fact is that we can never know all things, nor are we made to know them. Much of our lives must be taken on faith.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that my faith may be based on my own experience of the power of God in my life. I pray that I may know this one thing above all else in the universe.

Hazelden Foundation

March 24, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
 
Today, I will not think beyond the current 24 Hours about the length of my sobriety, be it one day or one week or one month or one year or one decade or longer. Although alcoholism is chronic and incurable but can be in arrested by abstinence, all the 24 Hours of clean time I may have accrued are gone if I buy into the delusion and illusion that I can get away with "just one." And all that's needed is just one to set off the wreck to relapse. Even if I have racked up a significant number of 24 Hours and I "slip," I am no more sober than the alcoholic who woke up this morning with a hangover. Let me remember the yesterdays when I awoke to the harsh reality that the 24 Hours I had before then were gone, and let me know that my yesterdays are the best predictor of my todays and tomorrows and that I can apply the lessons from yesterday to avoid repeating their mistakes today. Let me keep my ego in check: another alcoholic who woke up hung over yesterday but is sober this morning is no less clean than I. Today, when it comes to being and staying sober, I will take it literally just for today. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2015

March 23, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Monday, March 23, 2015
 
To us alcoholics who were prone to give meaning to words that were not intended by the speaker, words are a particularly lethal weapon.

In our drinking days, we invariably put the wrong interpretations on the best-intended words of our friends. We then sounded off with a flow of words that we did not mean and knew full well that we did not mean them. The thoughtless sentence or the fancied slight was forever coming between us and those we loved.

The world's attitude toward us, either friendly or hostile, is largely determined by our own words.

Hazelden Foundation

March 23, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Monday, March 23, 2015
 
Reflection for the Day
The Program teaches us, through the experience, strength and hope of its fellowship, that the worst situation imaginable does not warrant a return to our addiction. No matter how bad a particular situation or set of circumstances, the return to our old ways for even a minute will assuredly make it worse.

Am I grateful for the sharing and caring of The Program?

Today I Pray
May I insist that no stone can be heavy enough to drag me back down into the pool of my addiction. No burden, no disappointment, no blow to pride or loss of human love is worth the price of returning to my old way of life. When I harbor thoughts that life is "too much" for me, that no one should be expected to "take so much and still remain sane" or that I am "the fall guy," let me listen for the tone of my complaints and remember that I have heard that whine before - before I concluded that I was powerless over the chemical and gave my will over to the Will of God. Such wailing sets me up for getting high again. May God keep my ears alert to the tone of my own complaining.

Today I Will Remember
Hear my own complaints.

Hazelden Foundation

March 23, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Sunday, March 23, 2014
 
AA Thought for the Day
Strength comes from the fellowship you find when you come into AA. Just being with men and women who have found the way out gives you a feeling of security. You listen to the speakers, you talk with other members, and you absorb the atmosphere of confidence and hope that you find in the place.

Am I receiving strength from the fellowship with other AA members?

Meditation for the Day
God is with you, to bless and help you. His spirit is all around you. Waver not in your faith or in your prayers. All power is the Lord's. Say that to yourself often and steadily. Say it until your heart sings with joy for the safety and personal power that it means to you. Say it until the very force of the utterance drives back and puts to naught all the evils against you. Use it as a battle cry. All power is the Lord's. Then you will pass on to victory over all your sins and temptations, and you will begin to live a victorious life.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that with strength from God I may lead an abundant life. I pray that I may lead a life of victory.

Hazelden Foundation

March 23, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Monday, March 23, 2015
 
Today, nothing negative will influence my words, thoughts and behavior. Instead, I set out on this day grateful that I am sober to be able to do what I have to do, even if it's something I don't want to do. I will be grateful that I am now able to function, unlike all those days that started with a hangover, shakes and the physical and cognitive inability to do even the basics. I will not complain if I have too much to do and too little time to do it, but instead will approach each task, each person, each amend, each moral checkup with a positive attitude - because today I am sober. With that, I have no reason to be negative. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2015

March 22, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Sunday, March 22, 2015
 
We cannot give the new man our conception of the Program and expect him to get the same results as we. This is particularly true of the spiritual phases of our thinking. We must each seek and find our own solution, but we can tell him how we did it; we can direct his thinking along spiritual lines so that he, too, will find a God of his understanding and work out a system of procedure that will make the Program work for him.

Hazelden Foundation

March 22, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Sunday, March 22, 2015
 
Reflection for the Day

Once in a great while, I find myself thinking that perhaps things weren't quite so bad as they seemed to be. At such moments, I force myself to realize that my illness is talking to me, trying to tempt me into denying that I am, in fact, afflicted with an illness. One of the Key action steps of The Program is that we give our illness to God as we understand Him, accepting our powerlessness in the face of His greater Power.


Do I believe that the grace of God can do for me what I could never do for myself?

Today I Pray
May I know that much of our lives depends on faith. For we cannot know the limits of space and time - or explain the mysteries of life and death. But when we see God working through us - and through others who have found new life in The Program - it is all the evidence we need to know that He exists.

Today I Will Remember
The Big Wheel runs by faith.

Hazelden Foundation

March 22, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Sunday, March 22, 2015
 
AA Thought for the Day
We're all looking for the power to overcome drinking. When we alcoholics come into AA, our first question is: "How do I get the strength to quit?" At first it seems to us that we will never get the necessary strength. We see older members who have found the power we are looking for, but we don't know the process by which they got it. This necessary strength comes in many ways.

Have I found all the strength I need?

Meditation for the Day
You cannot have a spiritual need which God cannot supply. Your fundamental need is a spiritual need, the need of power to live the good life. The best spiritual supply is received by you when you want it to pass on to other people. You get it largely by giving it away. God gives you strength as you pass it on to another person. That strength means increased health; increased health means more good work, and more good work means more people helped. And so it goes on, a constant supply to meet all spiritual needs.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that my every spiritual need will be supplied by God. I pray that I may use the power I receive to help others.

Hazelden Foundation

March 22, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Sunday, March 22, 2015
 
Today, I begin to put into practice the strategy of living sober and and not as an alcoholic struggling not to get drunk. There is more to life than living with a daily struggle not to drink. But before I can apply my program and recovery to every realm of my life, I have to make sure I'm walking the walk and not just talking the talk. I have to be honest that I have begun at the very beginning, with the program's first four words - "Admitted (I am) powerless ..." - and that I have"come to believe" in something greater than myself, that I have done all the step thoroughly and honestly, and that I am truly an effective carrier of the message. Memorizing every word in chronological order in the Big Book, burning in my mind every word of the Twelve Steps and Traditions and of every 24-Hour inspirational do absolutely nothing if I don't put action to them. Today, if I am only in the Program, I'll get with it. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2015

March 21, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Saturday, March 21, 2015
 
Jobs are as good or as bad as the mental attitude we have toward them. No man holds a job but what some other man is envious of him on its account, and every job has its good and bad points.

Too often we hear the excuse that the job was the cause of the drinking, when most frequently it was the drinking that made the job obnoxious.

One man swinging a pick is digging a hole in the ground, and his fellow workman beside him is doing his part in the erection of a Temple.

Maybe it's not the job at fault; maybe it's your attitude toward it.

Hazelden Foundation

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March 26, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted March 26th, 2015
March 26, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted March 26th, 2015
March 26, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted March 26th, 2015
March 26, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted March 26th, 2015
March 25, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted March 25th, 2015
March 25, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted March 25th, 2015
March 25, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted March 25th, 2015
March 24, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted March 24th, 2015
March 24, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted March 24th, 2015
March 24, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted March 24th, 2015
March 24, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted March 24th, 2015
March 23, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted March 23rd, 2015
March 23, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted March 23rd, 2015
March 23, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted March 23rd, 2015
March 23, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted March 23rd, 2015
March 22, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted March 22nd, 2015
March 22, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted March 22nd, 2015
March 22, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted March 22nd, 2015
March 22, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted March 22nd, 2015
March 21, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted March 21st, 2015
March 21, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted March 21st, 2015
March 21, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted March 21st, 2015
March 21, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted March 21st, 2015
March 20, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted March 20th, 2015
March 20, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted March 20th, 2015
March 20, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted March 20th, 2015
March 20, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted March 20th, 2015
March 19, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted March 19th, 2015
March 19, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted March 19th, 2015
March 19, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted March 19th, 2015
March 19, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted March 19th, 2015
March 18, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted March 18th, 2015
March 18, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted March 18th, 2015
March 18, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted March 18th, 2015
March 18, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted March 18th, 2015
March 17, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted March 17th, 2015
March 17, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted March 17th, 2015
March 17, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted March 17th, 2015
March 17, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted March 17th, 2015
March 16, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted March 16th, 2015
March 16, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted March 16th, 2015
March 16, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted March 16th, 2015
March 16, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted March 16th, 2015
March 15, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted March 15th, 2015
March 15, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted March 15th, 2015
March 15, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted March 15th, 2015
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March 14, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted March 14th, 2015
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