Monday, February 19, 2018

Feb. 19, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

I was talking to a friend about something I didn’t want to do but believed I needed to do anyway. I was dreading it and feeling irritable. Often when we talk like that, other people scowl and say, “Oh, don’t let shoulds control your life. If you don’t want to do it, don’t.”

But this man understood. “At the risk of sounding old-fashioned,” he said, “duty calls.”

What’s there to say about duty? It’s a job, for different reasons, that needs to be done – whether we really want to or feel like it.

I learned about duty when my children, Nichole and Shane, were born. A lot of things needed to be done to take good care of them, whether I felt like doing all of those things or not.

I learned throughout the years that even the most exciting jobs have uninteresting and sometimes distasteful duties. When I worked for a daily newspaper, I loved my job. I enjoyed covering front-page news. But many of the stories I was assigned to were duty stories.

Sometimes a relative needs help. A parent may get sick, grow old, or become vulnerable or infirm. While we don’t want to become duty-bound and strap our entire lives with shoulds, there are times in any relationship – family, romantic, or friend – when a code of honor rules and we do what we must.

“I believe we have deeper duties too,” a friend said. “If we’ve been given sobriety, spiritual growth, or gifts, I believe that it’s our duty to pass those gifts along and share them when we’re asked.”

Go ahead. Say arrrgh. Dread what you’re about to do. I know, there are more interesting and exciting things calling your name. But for a moment, can you put those things aside?


You are reading from the book:
52 Weeks of Conscious Contact © 2003 by Melody Beattie

Feb. 19, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

Today, begin the process of reconciling emotional, spiritual and mental defects - even if I am not either willing or able yet to hand them off to my Higher Power. Reconciliation, needed so I see that I must let go of what holds me back, requires that I understand that recovery is more than not drinking and is a fundamental change in my entire character. And abstinence alone cannot achieve that change. It requires a brutally honest Fourth to find my defects and a 10th to understand why and how they impede what I could be in sobriety. In reconciling myself to my defects of character, I may finally be able to say they have no purpose in where I hope to go in recovery, that they harbor a hidden spark to ignite a slip or relapse and, more important, that I want to be done with them once and for all. If the defects I found in the Fourth remain in my 10th and I know it is time to let them go, today, I seek the courage to change what I can - myself. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2018

Feb. 19, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

AA Thought for the Day
Many things we do in AA are in preparation for that crucial moment when, walking down the street on a nice sunshiny day, we see a nice cool cocktail lounge and the idea of having a drink pops into our minds. If we've trained our minds so that we're well prepared for that crucial moment, we won't take that first drink. In other words, if we've done our AA homework well, we won't slip when temptation comes.

In preparation for that crucial moment when I'll be tempted, will I keep in mind the fact that liquor is my enemy?

Meditation for the Day
How many of the world's prayers have gone unanswered because those who prayed did not endure to the end? They thought it was too late, that they must act for themselves, that God was not going to guide them. "He that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved." Can I endure to the very end? If so, I shall be saved. I will try to endure with courage. If I endure, God will unlock those secret spiritual treasures which are hidden from those who do not endure to the end.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may follow God's guidance, so that spiritual success shall be mine. I pray that I may never doubt the power of God and so take things into my own hands.

Hazelden Foundation

Feb. 19, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

Reflection for the Day
When a person says something rash or ugly, we sometimes say they are "forgetting themselves," meaning they're forgetting their best selves in a sudden outburst of uncontrolled fury. If I remember the kind of person I want to be, hopefully I won't "forget myself" and yield to a fit of temper. I'll believe that the positive always defeats the negative: courage overcomes fear; patience overcomes anger and irritability; love overcomes hatred.

Am I always striving for improvement?

Today I Pray
Today I ask that God, to Whom all things are possible, help me turn negatives into positives - anger into super-energy, fear into a chance to be courageous, hatred into love. May I take time out to remember examples of such positive-from-negative transformations from the whole of my lifetime. Uppermost is God's miracle: my freedom from the slavery of addiction.

Today I Will Remember
Turn negatives into positives.

Hazelden Foundation

Feb. 19, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

The AA way of living holds out, for all that will grasp it, everything that is advantageous to life. A healthy mind, a healthy body, a healthy soul. Complete harmony with God, your fellow man and yourself. Truly the peace that passeth all understanding.

Hazelden Foundation

Feb. 19, 2018 - Let's get the new week started with a beautiful and marvelous Monday


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Feb. 18, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

They are able because they think they are able.
 — Virgil

For most of us, addiction was full of doubt. We stopped believing in ourselves. Our thoughts had turned to “stinkin’ thinkin’.” We didn’t believe in much of anything. We didn’t take risks. We always looked for the easier, softer way.

In recovery, we start to believe again. We believe in the program. We believe in a Higher Power. We believe in people. And, over time, we believe in ourselves again. We become better at taking risks.

We are able to stay sober because we believe, because we take risks. As we stay sober, we can face almost anything – with the help of others.

Prayer for the Day
Higher Power, I have learned to believe in You. Help me believe in myself. I have something to give to this world. Help me give it freely.

Action for the Day
Today, I’ll list ten good points about myself. I’ll go over these good points with a friend.

You are reading from the book:

Keep It Simple © 1989 by Hazelden Foundation

Feb. 18, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

Today, LOYALTY as a responsibility to sobriety, the program and everyone who follows it. From them - sobriety, the program and the people who comprise its fellowship - I have been given a gift. But no gift is completely free. To keep it while passing it on requires maintenance - and with maintenance comes loyalty, and respect of that gift. Today, I will be loyal to my sobriety and the steps and principles needed to develop my sobriety by not drinking or using, by answering the call if someone needing help reaches out. Today, I will not engage in the conduct of the character defects I seek to release to my Higher Power. I will act with loyalty and respect to everyone who, like me, has come to the program to work for a rebirth. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2018

Feb. 18, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

AA Thought for the Day
After I became an alcoholic, alcohol poisoned my love for my family and friends, it poisoned my ambition, it poisoned my self-respect. It poisoned my whole life, until I met AA. My life is happier now than it has been for a long time. I don't want to commit suicide. So with the help of God and AA, I'm not going to take any more of that alcoholic poison into my system. And I'm going to keep training my mind never even to think of liquor again in any way except as a poison.

Do I  believe that liquor will poison my life if I ever touch it again?

Meditation for the Day
I will link up my frail nature with the limitless Divine Power. I will link my life with the Divine Force for Good to the world. It is not the passionate appeal that gains the Divine attention as much as the quiet placing of the difficulty and worry in the Divine Hands. So I will trust God like a child who places its tangled skein of wool in the hands of a loving mother to unravel. We please God more by our unquestioning confidence than by imploring Him for help.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may put all my difficulties in God's hands and leave them there. I pray that I may fully trust God to take care of them.

Hazelden Foundation

Feb. 18, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

Reflection for the Day
We learn in The Program that we cannot punish anyone without punishing ourselves. The release of my tensions, even justified, in a punishing way leaves behind the dregs of bitterness and pain. This was the monotonous story of my life before I came to The Program. So in my new life, I'd do well to consider the long-range benefits of simply owning my emotions, naming them and thus releasing them.

Does the voice of God have a chance to be heard over my reproachful shouting?

Today I Pray
May I avoid name-calling, ego-crushing exchanges. If I am angry, may I try to assign my anger to what someone did instead of what someone is. May I refrain from downgrading, lashing out at character flaws or mindless abuse. May I count on my Higher Power to show me the way.

Today I Will Remember
To deal with anger appropriately.

Hazelden Foundation

Feb. 18, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

The Program is often referred to as a Selfish Program, and it is primarily that. Jesus of Nazareth told us to "Love our neighbors AS ourselves." We are supposed to love ourselves, and in so doing, we should give to ourselves all the happiness we can. We have found out, however, by practical application, that we can only receive happiness if we give happiness.

We should fulfill all our duties to our families, to our communities and to our neighbors so that we can keep in the good graces of our own conscience, for that is the only avenue of approach to happiness and peace of mind.

If you really love that guy in the mirror, you must of necessity love your Creator and your neighbor.

Hazelden Foundation

Feb. 18, 2018 - Time to get groovin' on a serene but far-out Sunday, folks


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Feb. 17, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Today’s thought for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

AA Thought for the Day
We in A.A. must remember that we are offering something intangible. We are offering a psychological and spiritual program. We are not offering a medical program. If people need medical treatment, we call in a doctor. If they need a medical prescription, we let the doctor prescribe for them. If they need hospital treatment, we let the hospital take care of them. Our vital A.A. work begins when a person is physically able to receive it.

Am I willing to leave medical care to the doctors?

Meditation for the Day
Each moment of your day, which you devote to this new way of life, is a gift to God. The gift of the moments. Even when your desire to serve God is sincere, it is not an easy thing to give up many of these moments: the daily things you had planned to do, given up gladly so that you can perform a good service or say a kind word. If you can see God’s purpose in many situations, it will be easier to give God many moments of your day. Every situation has two interpretations – your own and God’s. Try to handle each situation in the way you believe God would have it handled.

Prayer for the Day
pray that I may make my day count somewhat for God. I pray that I may not spend it all selfishly.

You are reading from the book:


Twenty-Four Hours a Day © 1975 by Hazelden Foundation

Feb. 17, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

Today, no noises, no regrets, no fears, no shame, no resentments, no anger, no pain, no lying, no cheating, no stealing, no hate. Today, simply BE without the man-generated drama of obstacles and roadblocks. Today, I banish anything and everything negative, just to know and feel what absolute serenity and rest can be. And if I'm successful, I'll not be just willing but eager to try it again the day after today. Today, I am at peace with myself, with everyone else, with all things. Today, I haven't got time or need to think about a slip or relapse because, today, I CAN be with absolute serenity and peace. They are offered to me by my Higher Power, if only I take them without the doubts, fears, questions about deserving them. Today, I will claim peace and serenity. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2018

Feb. 17, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

AA Thought for the Day
Alcohol is poison to the alcoholic. Poison is not too strong a word, because alcoholism leads eventually to the death of the alcoholic. It may be a quick death or a slow death. When we go by package stores and see various kinds of liquor all dressed up in fancy packages to make it look attractive, we should always make it a point to say to ourselves so we'll never forget it: "That stuff's all poison to me." And it is. Alcohol poisoned our lives for a long time.

Do I know that since I'm an alcoholic all liquor is poison to me?

Meditation for the Day
I must somehow find the means of coming nearer to God. That is what really matters. I must somehow seek the true bread of life, which is communion with Him. I must grasp for the truth at the center of all worship. This central truth is all that matters. All forms of worship have this communion with God as their purpose and goal.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may meet God in quiet communion. I pray that I may partake of the soul-food which God has provided for me.

Hazelden Foundation