Daily Recovery Readings for December 30, 2017:
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 562
Tradition Twelve became important early in my sobriety and, along with the Twelve Steps, it continues to be a must in my recovery. I became aware after I joined the Fellowship that I had personality problems, so that when I first heard it, the Tradition’s message was very clear: there exists an immediate way for me to face, with others, my alcoholism and attendant anger, defensiveness, offensiveness. I saw Tradition Twelve as being a great ego-deflator; it relieved my anger and gave me a chance to utilize the principles of the program. All of the Steps, and this particular Tradition, have guided me over decades of continuous sobriety. I am grateful to those who were here when I needed them.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality safe and protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us. We are neither cocky nor are we afraid. That is our experience. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, Page 85~
Keep It Simple
Keep It Simple.—AA slogan
Addiction messed up our thinking. We know that from taking Step One. We forgot things. We had blackouts. We made excuses, and we even started to believe them. We were mixed up. We couldn’t figure things out. We decided to get high and forget about it. Now our minds are clear. We can keep thinking clearly if we work our program and Keep It Simple. Don’t drink or use other drugs. Go to meetings. Work the Steps. Be yourself. Ask for help. Trust your Higher Power. Two thoughts will always mess us up if we let them in. They are “Yes, but…” and “What if?” Don’t let them in. Keep It Simple.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, thanks for recovery. Help me stay sober and clean today.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll take one thing at a time and Keep It Simple.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
There is a lot of mental activity cooking behind your bright eyes, but you won’t likely share many of your thoughts today. People around you appear pleasant, but it seems as if they are containing their emotions and expect you to do the same. You can feel the dissonance between your inner restlessness and your outer restraint. Your self-imposed silence drives your attention inward and revitalizes your fantasy life. Enjoy the show for now; you’ll have a chance to talk about it soon enough.