Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

We can practice forgiveness each day

Resentments have a way of creeping back into my psyche even after I have let go of them. I know that holding a grudge is harmful to my emotional health and can threaten my abstinence, but what can I do when I keep feeling anger toward someone?

In the interest of recovery, in my own best interest, I can continue to forgive each day. I may not be able to forgive the person once and for all, but I can do it right now, just for today. With practice, who knows? Perhaps the resentment will disappear.

When I remember that my own track record is far from perfect, I realize I could use some daily forgiveness too, both from others and from myself.

Just for now, I can let go of resentments and forgive. If resentments come back, I can forgive again.

You are reading from the book:

This book is now out of print and no longer available to purchaseInner Harvest by Elisabeth L. © 1990 by Hazelden Foundation

May 22, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Today, reach into my past to measure the enormity of my present and try to grasp the scope of the life that sobriety has given me. Whereas I once was helpless, hopeless, weak, apathetic, pathetic, selfish and destructive, today I have hope, strength, selflessness, compassion, passion and the courage born of humility to treat sobriety with awe and respect. While I cannot and do not want to live in or return to yesterday, I also do not want to forget it; its lessons can steer me from the same mistakes today. And all I have left behind and gained what I have now is through sobriety and, therefore, my sobriety is my No. 1 priority for. Without it, I have nothing except for all I pray I left behind. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2018

May 22, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

AA Thought for the Day
What impresses us most at an AA meeting is the willingness to share, without holding anything back. And pretty soon we find ourselves sharing also. We start telling our own experience and, by so doing, we help the other person. And when we've got these things off our chest, we feel a lot better. It does us a lot of good to share with some other poor unfortunate person who's in the same box that we were in. And the more we share, the more we have left for ourselves.

Do I know that the more I share, the better chance I'll have to stay sober?

Meditation for the Day
Constantly claim God's strength. Once convinced of the right of a course of action, once reasonably sure of God's guidance, claim that strength now. You can claim all the strength you need to meet any situation. You can claim a new supply when your own supply is exhausted. You have a right to claim it and you should use your right. A beggar supplicates, a son appropriates. When you supplicate, you are often kept waiting, but when you appropriate God's strength in a good cause, you have it at once.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may claim God's strength whenever I need it. I pray that I may try to live as a child of God.

Hazelden Foundation

May 22, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Reflection for the Day
When I first listened to people in The Program talking freely and honestly about themselves, I was stunned. Their stories of their own addictive escapades, of their own secret fears and of their own gnawing loneliness were literally mind-blowing for me. I discovered - and hardly dared believe it at first - that I'm not alone. I'm not all that different from everybody else and, in fact, we're all very much the same. I began to sense that I do belong somewhere, and my loneliness began to leave me.

Do I try to give to others what has been given freely to me?

Today I Pray
May I begin to see, as the life stories of my friends in The Program unfold for me, that our similarities are far more startling than our differences. As I listen to their accounts of addiction and recovery, may I experience often that small shock of recognition, a "hey-that's-me!" feeling that is quick to chase away my separateness. May I become a wholehearted member of the group, giving and taking in equal parts.

Today I Will Remember
Sameness, not differences.

Hazelden Foundation

May 22, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

We veterans of the Alcoholic Wars that raged within ourselves can bear testimony to the fact that it was only when we called upon the God of our understanding that peace was restored to our lives.

World wars are but the extension of the conflicts existing in the souls of men on a worldwide basis. They, too, have as their foundation fear, suspicion, envy, intolerance and national egotism.

There will never be a permanent peace until the Prince of Peace is admitted into the hearts of men in high places and is allowed to preside over their Conference Tables.

Hazelden Foundation

May 22, 2018 - Why don't we just have a great Tuesday to hell with everything bad


Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Monday, May 21, 2018
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

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 God show us how.

You are reading from the book:

A Day at a Time © 1989 by Hazelden Foundation

May 21, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Monday, May 21, 2018

"When I am hungry, give me someone that I can feed. And when I am thirsty, give me someone who needs a drink. When I'm cold, give me someone to keep warm. And when I grieve, give me someone to console." - Mother Teresa

Today, I embrace the prayer of a religious icon it evokes two essential philosophies of a recovery worth achieving: humility and service. By encountering the person who is hungrier than I, whose thirst is more parched, who is not as warm as I and who mourns losses more painful than mine, may I have the charity to feel compassion  and realize - finally - that my own hunger, thirst, cold and grief is less than someone else's. And in that humility, may I be compelled into service to feed the one who is hungrier, whose thirst needs quenched more than mine, who needs my coat more than I and whose heart needs consolation more than mine. In humility and service, may I see that my recovery hinges on NOT making myself the center of my and anyone else's universe, and may I treasure forever the gratitude of the one person who I can help. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2018

May 21, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Monday, May 21, 2018

AA Thought for the Day
One of the finest things about AA is the sharing. Sharing is a wonderful thing because the more you share, the more you have. In our old drinking days, we didn't do much sharing. We used to keep things to ourselves, partly because we were ashamed but mostly because we were selfish. And we were very lonely because we didn't share. When we came into AA, the first thing we found was sharing. We heard other alcoholics frankly sharing their experiences with hospitals, jails and all the usual mess that goes with drinking.

Am I sharing?

Meditation for the Day
Character is developed by the daily discipline of duties done. Be obedient to the heavenly vision and take the straight way. Do not fall into the error of calling, "Lord, Lord," and doing not the things that should be done. You need a life of prayer and meditation, but you must still do your work in the busy ways of life. The busy person is wise to rest and wait patiently for God's guidance. If you are obedient to the heavenly vision, you can be at peace.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may be obedient to the heavenly vision. I pray if I fall, I will pick myself up and go on.

Hazelden Foundation

May 21, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Monday, May 21, 2018

Reflection for the Day
"The language of friendship is not words, but meanings," wrote Thoreau. Life indeed takes on new meanings, as well as new meaning in The Program. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends - this is an experience not to be missed.

Can I recall my initial reactions when I came to The program? Do I believe that I've finally come home?

Today I Pray
As The Program has given life new meanings for me, may I pass along to others that same chance to re-evaluate their lives in the light of sobriety, common purpose, friendships and spiritual expansion. Praise God for my new vision of human life. Praise Him for restoring for me the value and purpose of living.

Today I Will Remember
I value my life.

Hazelden Foundation

May 21, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Monday, May 21, 2018

If we deny the fatherhood of God and our divine relationship to Him and each other, then we are but animated pieces of clay, each one independent of and unconnected with each other. If that be so, then we are foolish to love and labor for others. But are love and charity nonsense? Would life be a pleasant and interesting experience without them? No, if we removed these characteristics from our lives, we would be left with only that which the baser animals possess.

Hazelden Foundation

May 21, 2018 - OK, let's blast Monday out of the park and move on to the better days of the week


Sunday, May 20, 2018

May 20, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Sunday, May 20, 2018
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

Treat your friends as you would a bank account – refrain from drawing too heavily on either.
–Samuel Johnson

“You know,” somebody admitted, “I’ve never really allowed myself to have good friends.

“I always put myself in two extreme roles. Either I think it’s my duty to ‘save’ everyone, or I think it’s someone else’s function to ‘save’ me. I set myself up for very dissatisfactory relationships that way. I don’t grow very much nor do the people I’m involved with grow much. We get locked into Parent-Child, Teacher-Student, and Counselor-Client kinds of roles.

“I’m tired of empty and lopsided friendships. I want good friends, not parasites or Messiahs running my life. I want friends I can just be me with and not worry whether I’m one-up or one-down on them. I want friends who will accept me as I am and not expect me to have all the answers for all the questions all the time.”

TODAY I will examine what I expect of myself and my friendships. As a friend, do I expect myself to give all the advice and have all the answers? Do I expect my friends to take care of me, and give me all the answers? If my friendships are not satisfactory, I will work on enlarging my concept of what a friend is. I will also work on improving the quality of my own friendship.
You are reading from the book:

The Reflecting Pond by Liane Cordes. © 1981 by Hazelden Foundation

May 20, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Sunday, May 20, 2018

"In spite of (a) great increase in the size and the span of this Fellowship, at its core it remains simple and personal. Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope." - Alcoholics Anonymous, Forward to the Third Edition, 1976.

Today, do not diminish the enormity of personal recovery by thinking that ours are insignificant among the millions of others who have found recovery in AA. The program empowers us and our recovery by telling us that our own and another person's hope begins one-to-one when two alcoholics talk to each other and share their experience, strength and hope. In turn, the alcoholic whose recovery began by talking to another alcoholic passes on his own experience, strength and hope. Today, we embrace with gratitude and humility the significance of our recovery along with those millions of others because, without our experience, strength and hope to pass on, our Fellowship will not increase in size, span or power in its message of reconciliation and redemption. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2018

May 20, 2018 - Readings in Recovery; Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Sunday, May 20, 2018

AA Thought for the Day
If we get up in a meeting and tell something about ourselves in order to help the other person, we feel a whole lot better. It's the old law of the more you give, the more you get. Witnessing and confession are part of keeping sober. You never know when you may help somebody. Helping others is one of the best ways to stay sober yourself. And the satisfaction you get out of helping a fellow human being is one of the finest experiences you can have.

Am I helping others?

Meditation for the Day
Without God, no real victory is ever won. All the military victories of great conquerors have passed into history. The world might be better off without military conquerors. The real victories are won in the spiritual realm. "He that conquers himself is greater than he who conquers a city."  The real victories are victories over sin and temptation, leading to a victorious and abundant life. Therefore, keep a brave and trusting heart. Face all your difficulties in the spirit of conquest. Remember that where God is, there is the true victory.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that the forces of evil in my life will flee before God's presence. I pray that with God, I will win the real victory over myself.

Hazelden Foundation