Monday, April 22, 2024

April 22, 2024 - Readings in Recovery: Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

 

Monday, April 22, 2024

Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

Reflection for the Day

Our spiritual and emotional growth in recovery doesn't depend so deeply upon success as it does upon our failures and setbacks. If we bear this in mind, a relapse can have the effect of kicking us upstairs, instead of down. People have no better teacher than Old Man Adversity, except in those cases where we refuse to let him teach us.

Do I try to remain always teachable?

Today I Pray

May I respect recovery and its unending possibilities for spiritual and emotional growth, so that I can view a relapse as a learning experience, not "the end of the world." May relapse for any one of our fellowship serve to teach not only the person who has slipped, but all of us. May it strengthen our shared resolve

Today I Will Remember

If you slip, get up.

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April 22, 2024 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

 

Step by Step
Monday, April 22, 2024

Today, stop running from regret, shame, guilt, loss and all other anguish that my drinking caused. I must  come to terms with all of it. By taking each Step with absolute honesty, I will look to the lessons to be learned from my actions that eventually pooled together to create the pain I may still carry. Regret and shame might be eased by the single strongest amend I can make: by not drinking today. I can release guilt by learning from the mistakes that bred it, and the sense of loss might be less if I can be grateful that I even had what I lost and accept that I might not have been ready to be responsible for what I had -- and lost. Today, I work on easing any pain -- not by confronting it but finding the comfort in it. But, in the end, if I deny or do not allow myself to feel and deal with the hurt, the good might not feel as it might otherwise. And our common journey continues. Step by step. -- Chris M., 2024

April 22, 2024 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

 

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Monday, April 22, 2024

AA Thought for the Day

People believe in AA when they see it work. An actual demonstration is what convinces them. What they read in books, what they hear people say doesn’t always convince them. But when they see a real honest-to-goodness change take place in a person, a change from a drunkard to a sober, useful citizen, that’s something they can believe because they can see it. There’s really only one thing that proves to me that AA works.

Have I seen the change in people who come into AA?

Meditation for the Day

Divine control and unquestioning obedience to God are the only conditions necessary for a spiritual life. Divine control means absolute faith and trust in God, a belief that God is the Divine Principle in the universe and that He is the Intelligence and the Love that controls the universe. Unquestioning obedience to God means living each day the way you believe God wants you to live, constantly seeking the guidance of God in every situation and being willing to do the right thing at all times.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may always be under Divine Control and always practice unquestioning obedience to God. I pray that I may be always ready to serve Him.

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April 22, 2024 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

 

A Day at a Time

Monday, April 22, 2024

Reflection for the Day

As I attend meetings of The Program, my eyes open wider and wider. Other people’s problems make mine look small, yet they are facing them with courage and confidence. Others are trapped in situations as bad as mine, but they bear their troubles with more fortitude. By going to meetings, I find many reasons to be grateful. My load has begun to lighten.

Do I expect easy solutions to my problems? Or do I ask only to be guided to a better way?

Today I Pray

Make The Program my way of life. Its goals are my goals. Its members are my truest friends. May I pass along the skills for coping I have learned there. May my turnabout and the resulting transformation in my life inspire others, as others have inspired me.

Today I Will Remember

May I be grateful.

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April 22, 2024 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

 

The Eye Opener

Monday, April 22, 2024

When we take the first drink, we invite the dead certainty of physical illness, untold sorrows, shame and degradation. That first drink has built more hospitals, jails, poorhouses and insane asylums than any other cause. All the drinks that follow are simply compounding the felony.

There are some people that can drink intelligently, but these people avoid difficulties. We are not in that class, and experience has proven it. Years of sobriety will not enable us to join that class and, again, experience has proven it. Why do you persist in trying, what are you trying to prove? That you are the exception to the rule? If you are the exception, you automatically become a freak.

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April 22, 2024 – Rise ‘n shine for a promising Monday and new week

 

Good morning with hopes of a fantastic and productive Monday and new week …simply enjoy the day and take a break from the daily concerns and worries we all have

Sunday, April 21, 2024

April 21, 2024 - Readings in Recovery: Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

 

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

God Steps In

I came in with only one bag. The personnel from the VA rehab facility took me shopping. I had holes in my bras. I had no clothes. I had nothing. I later became a secretary in volunteer services. I received awards and was voted in as president by the recovery group. I was like, What is this going on? There were just so many miracles happening in my life. And I was like, This is happening!

God just stepped in when I walked through that door. Somebody said that sometimes God reaches out right where you are, pulls you out of that area and pulls you into recovery. You never know where he's pulling you to.

You just know when you get there. That's where you belong. That is just what he did to me.

Today let me trust that when I let go and let God, I am carried to new heights.

-- Karen A., U.S. Air National Guard, 1980–1991

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April 21, 2024 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

 

Step by Step
Sunday, April 21, 2024

Today, I am okay! I will not let the debris of my alcoholic past, its regrets and uncertainty about my future clutter my mind with neglect of today. If I cannot simply be and feel okay today, I have a weak foundation for any tomorrows. But I will not let worry about tomorrow impair me today. If today I do not drink, then I am more alive than I ever was when I was drinking. If I can make and keep today okay, then I am making progress. Hopefully today’s progress will stretch into another 24 Hours, and being okay will turn into something better. Today, I am okay. And our common journey continues. Step by step. -- Chris M., 2024

April 21, 2024 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

 

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Sunday, April 21, 2024

AA Thought for the Day

After we’ve been in AA for a while, we find out that if we’re going to stay sober, we have to be humble people. The men and women in AA who have achieved sobriety are all humble people. When I stop to think that but for the grace of God I might be drunk right now, I can’t help feeling humble. Gratitude to God for His grace makes me humble. When I think of the kind of person I was not so long ago, when I think of the person I left behind me, I have nothing to be proud of.

Am I grateful and humble?

Meditation for the Day

I must arise from the death of sin and selfishness and put on a new life of integrity. All the old sins and temptations must be laid in the grave and a new existence rise from the ashes. Yesterday is gone. All my sins are forgiven if I am honestly trying to do God’s will todayToday is here, the time of resurrection and renewal. I must start now, today, to build a new life of complete faith and trust in God and a determination to do His will in all things.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may share in making the world a better place to live in. I pray that I may do what I can to bring goodness a little nearer to the earth.

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April 21, 2024 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

 

A Day at a Time

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Reflection for the Day

Can I be wholeheartedly grateful for today? If so, I’m opening doors to more and more abundant good. What if I can’t be thankful for the “rain” that has fallen in my life -- for the so-called bad times? What then? I can begin by giving thanks for all the sunshine I can remember, and for every blessing that has come my way. Perhaps then I’ll be able to look back over the rainy periods of my life with new vision, seeing them as necessary; perhaps then, hidden blessings I’ve overlooked will come to my attention.

Am I grateful for all of life – both the sunshine and the rain?

Today I Pray

May I be grateful for all that has happened to me, good and bad. Bad helps to define good. Sorrow intensifies joy. Humility brings spirituality. Disease turns health into a paradise. Loneliness makes love, both human and Divine, the greatest gift of all. I thank God for the contrasts which have made me know Him better.

Today I Will Remember

I am grateful for the whole of life.

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April 21, 2024 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

 

The Eye Opener

Sunday, April 21, 2024

The churches in their quarrels over purely sectarian issues have done much to divert attention from the primary purpose of religion, which is spirituality.

Some pastors take a more critical attitude toward the neglect of church duties than they do toward moral transgressions.

AA should be kept free of all controversial questions. We have but one purpose, and that is to help the suffering alcoholic. Ours is a way of life; not a way of worship.

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April 21, 2024 – Good morning let's shoot for a quiet and peaceful Sunday

 

Good morning with wishes of a quiet and serene but productive and worthwhile Sunday for everyone ...and that nothing and no one are given control to ruin the day

Saturday, April 20, 2024

April 20, 2024 - Readings in Recovery: Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

 

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

Avoiding self-pity

Our troubled lives and mixed-up emotions can easily draw pity from those who would help us. Sometimes we even exaggerate our history or current situation to get more pity. In the program we share our feelings to avoid self-pity because we know how destructive it can be.

When we say, "This too shall pass," for example, we are not giving our fellows the brush-off. Rather we are saying, "Don't wallow in self-pity; it's a killer. We've all experienced similar situations. Your Higher Power loves you and it will pass!"

Have I stopped pitying myself?

Higher Power, help me to remember that pity leads only to self-pity and that I want to change that pattern.

Today I will work on avoiding self-pity by...

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April 20, 2024 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

 

Step by Step
Saturday, April 20, 2024

Todaysmall steps instead of an “easier, softer way.” Alcoholism and its physical, emotional and spiritual diseases developed over time, and their treatment is likely to take as much if not more time. But impatience is a characteristic of most alcoholics, and it cannot be allowed to tempt us to take the short route through the 12 Steps toward sobriety. Failing to give full and complete attention to each Step may set us up for frustration and disappointment -- and together they put us at risk for a slip or relapse. Today, wisdom of patience in taking the Steps one by one and understanding that it is through working them that we earn what we pursue. And our common journey continues. Step by step. -- Chris M., 2024

April 20, 2024 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

 

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Saturday, April 20, 2024

AA Thought for the Day

The satisfaction you get out of living a sober life is made up of a lot of little things, but they add up to a satisfactory and happy life. You take out of life what you put into it. So I’d say to people coming into AA: “Don’t worry about what life will be like without liquor. Just hang in there and a lot of good things will happen to you. And you’ll have that feeling of quiet satisfaction and peace and serenity and gratitude for the grace of God.”

Is my life becoming really worth living?

Meditation for the Day

There are two paths, one up and one down. We have been given free will to choose either path. We are captains of our souls to this extent only. We can choose the good or the bad. Once we have chosen the wrong path, we go down and down, eventually to death. But if we choose the right path, we go up and up, until we come to the resurrection day. On the wrong path, we have no power for good because we do not choose to ask for it. But on the right path, we are on the side of good and we have all the power of God’s spirit behind us.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may be in the stream of goodness. I pray that I may be on the right side, on the side of all good in the universe.

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