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March 1, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Sunday, March 1, 2015
 
The door of living that opened upon our advent into AA is also able to close upon those years of daily dying that are behind us. That door opened into a long hall that stretched out to a vanishing point; our eye could not perceive its end. We should not be content to just pass through this portal and close the door upon our past, but we should move on for our happiness is up that hall, and we must constantly advance to attain our happy goal.

Hazelden Foundation

March 1, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Sunday, March 1, 2015
 
Reflection for the Day
Now that we're free and no longer chemically-dependent, we have so much more control over our thinking. More than anything, we're able to alter our attitudes. Some members of Alcoholics Anonymous, in fact, choose to think of the letters AA as an abbreviation for "Altered Attitudes." In the bad old days, I almost always responded to any optimistic or positive statement with, "Yes, but ..." Today, in contrast, I'm learning to eliminate that negative phrase from my vocabulary.

Am I working to change my attitude? Am I determined to "accentuate the positive ...?"

Today I Pray
May I find that healing and strength which God provides to those who stay near Him. May I keep to the spiritual guidelines of The Program, considering the Steps, taking the steps - one by one - then practicing them again and again. In this is my salvation.

Today I Will Remember
To practice at least one Step.

Hazelden Foundation

March 1, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Sunday, March 1, 2015
 
AA Thought for the Day
When I find myself thinking about taking a drink, I say to myself: "Don't reach out and take that problem back. You've given it to God and there's nothing you can do about it." So I forget about the drink. One of the most important parts of the AA program is to give our drink problem to God honestly and fully and never to reach out and take the problem back to ourselves. If we let God have it and keep it for good and then cooperate with Him, we'll stay sober.

Have I determined not to take the drink problem back to myself?

Meditation for the Day
Constant effort is necessary if I am to grow spiritually and develop my spiritual life. I must keep the spiritual rules persistently, perseveringly, lovingly, patiently and hopefully. By keeping them, every mountain of difficulty shall be laid low, the rough places of poverty of spirit shall be made smooth, and all who know me shall know that God is the Lord of all my ways. To get close to the spirit of God is to find life and healing and strength.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that God's spirit may be everything to my soul. I pray that God's spirit may grow within.

Hazelden Foundation

March 1, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Sunday, March 1, 2015
 
Today, if Step 10 detects a truth that what was valid once is invalid now, I need not be alarmed: given that the Program is about sobriety and not alcoholism, I hope I can say with honesty and objectivity that I have grown since my last 10th Step and that I might finally be thinking in terms of being sober instead of not getting drunk. But if Step 10 now shows that I have "out-grown" some of the defects that I drank to avoid, I cannot by any measure claim I am "cured," and I must return to the Fourth Step for a new inventory - and grant that I may find that the Program I had a year ago is not applicable now because sobriety, like life itself, is an evolutionary and ever-changing dynamic, and the Program I had a year ago may not work for me now. God granting, what works for me now will not work next year because I will hopefully grow. Sobriety is ever-changing and, as such, my Program to retain and prosper must also be adapted to accommodate its growth. Today, I pray an honest and objective review of my 10th Step will find that I must adapt my Program to my sobriety and not my alcoholism. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2015

Feb. 28, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
 
Many of us would have been ready to do something about our drinking problem years before we did, except for the obstinate determination not to allow the wife, mother or boss to tell us what to do.

Hazelden Foundation

Feb. 28, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
 
Reflection for the Day
We're taught in The Program and the Twelve Steps that the chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear - mainly fear that we would lose something we already possessed or that we would fail to get something we demanded. Living on the basis of unsatisfied demands, we obviously were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration. Therefore, we are taught, no peace will be ours unless we find a means of reducing these demands.

Have I become entirely ready to have God remove all my defects of character?

Today I Pray
May I make no unrealistic demands on life which, because of their grandiosity, cannot be met. May I place no excessive demands on others which, when they are not fulfilled, leave me disappointed and let down.

Today I Will Remember
The set-up for a let-down.

Hazelden Foundation

Feb. 28, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
 
AA Thought for the Day
We should be free from alcohol for good. It's out of our hands and in the hands of God, so we don't need to worry about it or even think about it any more. But if we haven't done this honestly and fully, the chances are that it will become our problem again. Since we don't trust God to take care of the problem for us, we reach out and take the problem back to ourselves. Then it's our problem again and we're in the same old mess we were in before. We're helpless again and we drink.

Do I trust God to take care of the problem for me?

Meditation for the Day
No work is of value without preparation. Every spiritual work must have behind it much spiritual preparation. Cut short times of prayer and times of spiritual preparation and many hours of work may be profitless. From the point of view of God, one poor tool working all the time but doing back work because of lack of preparation, is of small value compared with the sharp, keen, perfect instrument working for only a short time but which turns out perfect work because of long hours of spiritual preparation.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may spend more time alone with God. I pray that I may get more strength and joy from such times, so that they will add much to my work.

Hazelden Foundation

Feb. 28, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
 
Today, I need to take my Program from theoretical to practical application to both my recovery and life. If I hear "Easy Does It," I cannot use it as "permission" to neglect daily responsibilities and what must be done today. Instead, it means not to expect too much of either myself or another person. And "Let Go and Let God" does not mean I can expect my Higher Power to take care of what is my responsibility and which is within my capability. Instead, I must realize I am letting go of my own will for myself and letting God tell me what His will is for me. "One (drink) is one too many and never enough" tells me, simply, not to try to find out what is "never enough" and not to try the first one at all. "Making amends" isn't simply saying, "I'm sorry," but becoming willing to accept responsibility and consequences and working harder if some of those amends are rejected. "One Day at a Time" is simple: today is all I've got; yesterday can't be undone or redone, and tomorrow is not guaranteed and, even if there is a tomorrow, I have to give today my best shot because it may well reverberate into tomorrow. Today, my Program moves from theory to the practical, and it's time to roll up the sleeves. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2015

Feb. 27, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
 
We know from past experiences that we actually invited all our troubles to enter our lives. We left the door wide open for them. Getting sober does not necessarily mean we have closed all the doors, for some of us have only closed the front door and left the back door wide open.

The chances are that you are not only vulnerable through the door marked Alcohol. As you advance to the front, watch well both flanks and the rear.

Hazelden Foundation

Feb. 27, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
 
Reflection for the Day
If I live just one day at a time, I won't so quickly entertain fears of what might happen tomorrow. As long as I'm concentrating on today's activities, there won't be room in my mind for worrying. I'll try to fill every minute of this day with something good - seen, heard, accomplished. Then, when the day is ended, I'll be able to look back on it with satisfaction, serenity and gratitude.

Do I sometimes cherish bad feelings so that I can feel sorry for myself?

Today I Pray
That I will get out of the self-pity act and live for today. May I notice the good things from dawn to nightfall, learn to talk about them and thank God for them. May I catch myself if I seem to be relishing my moans and complaints more often than appreciating the goodness of my life.

Today I Will Remember
Today is good.

Hazelden Foundation

Feb. 27, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
 
AA Thought for the Day
When we came into AA, the first thing we did was to admit that we couldn't do anything about our drinking. We admitted that alcohol had us licked and that we were helpless against it. We never could decide whether or not to take a drink. We always took the drink. And since we couldn't do anything about it ourselves, we put our whole drink problem into the hands of God. We turned the whole thing over to that Power greater than ourselves. And we have nothing more to do about it, except to trust God to take care of the problem for us.

Have I done this honestly and fully?

Meditation for the Day
This is the time for my spirit to touch the spirit of God. I know that the feeling of the spirit-touch is more important than all the sensation of material things. I must seek a silence of spirit-touching with God. Just a moment's contact and all the fever of life leaves me. Then I am well, whole, calm and able to rise and minister to others. God's touch is a potent healer. I must feel that touch and sense God's presence.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that the fever of resentment, worry and fear may melt into nothingness. I pray that health, joy, peace and serenity may take its place.

Hazelden Foundation

Feb. 27, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
 
Today, even if I am sober without attending meetings, I will consider the possibility that the quality of my sobriety might be enhanced if I resume regular meeting attendance - and participation. In neglecting meetings even if I am practicing the Program's Steps, I could be denying myself fresh perspectives that could lift me over some of the bumps on Sobriety Road. Adversely, I may be denying a newcomer or someone in relapse my own experience, strength and hope or anything else that might help them in their own journey. And if my lack of attendance at meetings is because of some rift within my home group, we have the freedom to "shop" for the meeting that we feel is best suited to our needs. But, in the end, neglecting meetings may well risk my own sobriety if for no other reason than I am not receiving someone else's experience, strength and hope and I am not fully Twelfth-Stepping by not sharing my own. Today, if I am only IN the Program, I will get WITH it. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2015

Feb. 26, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
 
Frequently we are asked, "Why waste your money on that guy? He's a phony if ever I saw one." We have all heard this and often it was true but, after all, the monetary loss each month was way below our old whiskey bills. Every once in a while, the long shot does come in and the payoff is tremendous.

It is simply a case of betting on people instead of horses. These bets on people can't lose, for if the phony abuses your generosity, the fault is his, not yours, and he is debited and you are credited by the Great Bookkeeper who has charge of the Treasury where "neither moth nor rust doth corrupt and where thieves do not break through and steal."

Hazelden Foundation

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

A Day at a Time
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
 
Reflection for the Day
"What if ..." How often we hear these words from newcomers to The Program. How often, in fact, we tend to say them ourselves. "What if I lose my job ...," "What if my car breaks down ...," "What if I get sick and can't work ...," "What if my child gets hooked on drugs?" What if - anything our desperate imaginings can project. Only two small words, yet how heavy-laden they are with dread, fear and anxiety. The answer to, "What if ...," is, plainly and simply, "Don't project." We can only live with our problems as they arise, living one day at a time.

Am I keeping my thoughts positive?

Today I Pray
May I grow spiritually, without being held back by anxieties. May projected fears not hobble my pursuits or keep me from making the most of today. May I turn out fear by faith. If I will only make a place for God within me, He will remove my fears.

Today I Will Remember
I can only borrow trouble at high interest rates.

Hazelden Foundation

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

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
 
AA Thought for the Day
When we came into AA, we came to believe in a Power greater than ourselves. We came to believe in that Divine Principle in the universe which we call God, and to which we can turn for help. Each morning we have a quiet time. We ask God for the power to stay sober for the next 24 hours. And each night we thank Him for helping us to keep sober that day.

Do I believe that each man or woman I see in AA is a demonstration of the power of God to change a human being from a drunkard to a sober person?

Meditation for the Day
I should pray for faith as a thirsty person prays for water in a desert. Do I know what it means to feel sure that God will never fail me? Am I sure of this as I am sure that I still breathe? I should pray daily and most diligently that my faith may increase. There is nothing lacking in my life because, really, all I need is mine, only I lack the faith to know it. I am like a rich man's child who sits in rags when all around me are stores of all I could desire.

Prayer for the Day
I pray for the realization that God has everything I need. I pray that I may know that His power is always available.

Hazelden Foundation

Feb. 26, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
 
Today, I understand I cannot take Step Seven of asking my Higher Power to "remove (my) shortcomings" without first surrendering completely to the Sixth Step of being "entirely ready." If I am clinging onto some character defect such as fear, resentment, anger, self-pity or remorse, I probably have not been thoroughly honest in my Fourth Step of "a searching and fearless moral inventory ..." Some - if not all - of those character defects likely triggered my drinking, at first abusively and eventually compulsively, and holding onto them even with an honest desire to let go of them may threaten the quality of my sobriety - maybe my sobriety itself. An "honest desire" to surrender my defects, then, is not sufficient; because the Program is one of action, I must be active in releasing my defects and not taking them back. My thoughts, feelings and actions of yesterday influenced my subsequent tomorrows; thus, what I do today may well impact tomorrow, and my history of carrying from yesterday into tomorrow is one of self-destruction. Today, if I am mired in defects that I know contributed to my drinking, I must review my Fourth to see if it wasn't as "searching and fearless" as I had hoped. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2015

Feb. 25, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Few of us who are successfully working the AA Program have failed to notice the almost immediate influence our sobriety has brought about, not only in our homes and jobs but in the community as well.

Some of us who a short time ago stood before the judge and got the usual "$10 or 10 days" are now frequently closeted in the Judge's Chambers at his invitation to assist him in his handling of the alcoholic problem.

We know what we were, we know what we are, now let us be what we can be.

Hazelden Foundation

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

A Day at a Time
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
 
Reflection for the Day
Before we came to The Program, fear ruled our lives. Tyrannized by our addictions and obsessions, we feared everything and everybody. We feared ourselves and, perhaps most of all, feared fear itself. These days, when I am able to accept the help of my Higher Power, it makes me feel capable of doing anything I am called upon to do. I am overcoming my fears and acquiring a comfortable new confidence.

Can I believe that "courage is fear that has said its prayers ...?"

Today I Pray
God grant that through faith in Him I may overcome my obsessive fears. I have been running scared for so long it has become a habit. God help me to see that I may be purposely clinging to my fears to avoid making decisions, perhaps even to shirk the responsibility of success

Today I Will Remember
Fear keeps me safe from risk-taking.

Hazelden Foundation

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

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
 
AA Thought for the Day
Some people find it hard to believe in a Power greater than themselves. But not to believe in such a Power forces us to atheism. It has been said that atheism is blind faith in the strange proposition that this universe originated in a cipher and aimlessly rushes nowhere. That's practically impossible to believe. I think we all can agree that alcohol is a power greater than ourselves. It certainly was in my case. I was helpless before the power of alcohol.

Do I remember the things that happened to me because of the power of alcohol?

Meditation for the Day
The spiritual and moral will eventually overcome the material and unmoral. That is the purpose and destiny of the human race. Gradually the spiritual is overcoming the material in our minds. Gradually the moral is overcoming the unmoral. Faith, fellowship and service are cures for most of the ills of the world. There is nothing in the field of personal relationships that they cannot do.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may do my share in making a better world. I pray that I may be part of the cure for the ills of the world.

Hazelden Foundation

Feb. 25, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Today, I am forced to admit that I abused, misused, took for granted and literally threw away through my drinking and actions all that I had been GIVEN unconditionally - love, respect, self-respect, integrity, friends, family, innocence - and traded it for selfishness, insecurity, fear, regret, pain, agony, anguish, loss and time that will never be recovered. Now, I am forced to admit I cannot expect to be given what I drank away that once was mine - nor should I be enabled in regaining what I lost - without working for it. And I have the tools to begin the rebuilding process, courtesy of the Program. So simple! But the work to apply those tools forces me to ask my Higher Power, on bent knees, for the strength, courage, honesty, discipline, integrity and selflessness to earn back - not demand nor expect them to be handed to me - what I have lost. And, if I do the job right, I may get back more than I lost. Today, I accept I must remake myself and, with the Program, I've got the tools to do it. All that remains is my choice to pick them up and put them to use. Today, I pick them up and begin the rebuilding process. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2015

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Previous Posts
March 1, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted March 1st, 2015
March 1, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted March 1st, 2015
March 1, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted March 1st, 2015
March 1, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted March 1st, 2015
Feb. 28, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted February 28th, 2015
Feb. 28, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted February 28th, 2015
Feb. 28, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted February 28th, 2015
Feb. 28, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted February 28th, 2015
Feb. 27, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted February 27th, 2015
Feb. 27, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted February 27th, 2015
Feb. 27, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted February 27th, 2015
Feb. 27, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted February 27th, 2015
Feb. 26, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted February 26th, 2015
Feb. 26, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted February 26th, 2015
Feb. 26, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted February 26th, 2015
Feb. 26, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted February 26th, 2015
Feb. 25, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted February 25th, 2015
Feb. 25, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted February 25th, 2015
Feb. 25, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted February 25th, 2015
Feb. 25, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted February 25th, 2015
Feb. 24, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted February 24th, 2015
Feb. 24, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted February 24th, 2015
Feb. 24, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted February 24th, 2015
Feb. 24, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted February 24th, 2015
Feb. 23, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted February 23rd, 2015
Feb. 23, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted February 23rd, 2015
Feb. 23, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted February 23rd, 2015
Feb. 23, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted February 23rd, 2015
Feb. 22, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted February 22nd, 2015
Feb. 22, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted February 22nd, 2015
Feb. 22, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted February 22nd, 2015
Feb. 22, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted February 22nd, 2015
Feb. 21, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted February 21st, 2015
Feb. 21, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted February 21st, 2015
Feb. 21, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted February 21st, 2015
Feb. 21, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted February 21st, 2015
Feb. 20, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted February 20th, 2015
Feb. 20, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted February 20th, 2015
Feb. 20, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted February 20th, 2015
Feb. 20, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted February 20th, 2015
Feb. 19, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted February 19th, 2015
Feb. 19, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted February 19th, 2015
Feb. 19, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted February 19th, 2015
Feb. 19, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted February 19th, 2015
Feb. 18, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted February 18th, 2015
Feb. 18, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted February 18th, 2015
Feb. 18, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day, posted February 18th, 2015
Feb. 18, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step, posted February 18th, 2015
Feb. 17, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener, posted February 17th, 2015
Feb. 17, 2015 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time, posted February 17th, 2015
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