Daily Recovery Readings

Daily Reflections


         At the personal level, anonymity provides protection for
         all members from identification as alcoholics, a safeguard
         often of special importance to newcomers. At the level of
         press, radio, TV, and films, anonymity stresses the
         equality in the Fellowship of all members by putting the
         brake on those who might otherwise exploit their A.A.
         affiliation to achieve recognition, power, or personal

         Attraction is the main force in the Fellowship of A.A. The
         miracle of continuous sobriety of alcoholics within A.A.
         confirms this fact every day. It would be harmful if the
         Fellowship promoted itself by publicizing, through the
         media of radio and TV, the sobriety of well-known public
         personalities who became members of A.A. If these
         personalities happened to have slips, outsiders would think
         our movement is not strong and they might question the
         veracity of the miracle of the century. Alcoholics Anonymous
         is not anonymous, but its members should be.


     Twenty-Four Hours A Day

      A.A. Thought For The Day

         We have slips in A.A. It has been said these are not slips
         but premeditated drunks, because we have to think about
         taking a drink before we actually take one. The thought always
         comes before the act. It has been suggested that people
         should always get in touch with an A.A. before taking that
         first drink. The failure to do so makes it probable that
         they decided to take the drink anyway. And yet the thoughts
         that come before taking a drink are often largely
         subconscious. People usually don't know consciously what
         made them do it. Therefore, the common practice is to call
         these things slips.  Am I on guard against wrong thinking?

         Meditation For The Day

         "The eternal God is thy refuge." He is a sanctuary, a refuge
         from the cares of life. You can get away from the
         misunderstanding of others by retiring into your own place of
         meditation. But from yourself, from your sense of failure,
         your weakness, your shortcomings, whither can you flee? Only
         to the eternal God, your refuge, until the immensity of His
         spirit envelopes your spirit and it loses its smallness and
         weakness and comes into harmony again with His.

         Prayer For The Day

         I pray that I may lose my limitations in the immensity of
         God's love. I pray that my spirit may be in harmony with
         His spirit.


    As Bill Sees It            

    How Much Anonymity?, p. 43

    As a rule, the average newcomer wanted his family to know
    immediately what he was trying to do.  He also wanted to tell others
    who had tried to help him--his doctor, his minister, and close friends.
    As he gained confidence, he felt it right to explain his new way of life
    to his employer and business associates.  When opportunities to be
    helpful came along, he found he could talk easily about A.A. to almost

    These quiet disclosures helped him to lose his fear of the alcoholic
    stigma, and spread the news of A.A.'s existence in his community.
    Many a man and woman came to A.A. because of such conversations.
    Since it is only at the top public level that anonymity is expected, such
    communications were well within its spirit.

    12 & 12, pp. 185-186

    Alcoholics Anonymous - Fourth Edition

Our Southern Friend

Pioneer A.A., minister’s son, and southern farmer, he asked, “Who am I to say there is no God?”

I am blue again. I want to sell the place and move away. I want to get where I can find some alcoholics to to help and where I can have some fellowship. Will I take a young fellow who has been drinking for two weeks to live with me? Soon I have others who are alcoholics and some who have other problems.
I begin to play God. I feel that I can fix them all. I do not fix anyone, but I am getting part of a tremendous education and I have made some new friends.
Nothing is right. Finances are in bad shape. I must find a way to make some money. The family seems to think of nothing but spending. People annoy me. I try to read. I try to pray. Gloom surrounds me. Why has God left me? I mope around the house. I will not go out and I will not enter into anything. What is the matter? I cannot understand. I will not be that way.

p. 217

     Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

Step Four – “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”

If, however, our natural disposition is inclined to self righteousness or grandiosity, our reaction will be just the opposite. We will be offended at A.A.’s suggested inventory. No doubt we shall point with pride to the good lives we thought we led before the bottle cut us down. We shall claim that our serious character defects, if we think we have any at all, have been caused chiefly by excessive drinking. This being so, we think it logically follows that sobriety– first, last, and all the time–is the only thing we need to work for. We believe that our one-time good characters will be revived the moment we quit alcohol. If we were pretty nice people all along, except for our drinking, what need is there for a moral inventory now that we are sober?

p. 45

      A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
      --Charles Dickens

      "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all

      He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
      --Henry Ward Beecher

      All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
      --Ralph Waldo Emerson

      "To love another person is to see the face of God."
      --Victor Hugo


     Father Leo's Daily Meditation


                                                 "I am the master of my fate; I
                                                  am the captain of my soul."
                                                      -- William E. Henley

      Things do not just happen, we make them happen. For years I thought that my getting
      well was dependent upon my family getting well. I rooted my recovery in the recovery
      of others. I was the typical co-dependent.

      Then somebody said, "Why don't you start taking responsibility for your own life?" I
      thought about that remark for weeks. I spent nights dwelling on the implications of
      those words. I am sure that I had heard similar sentiments a hundred times but that
      night, that special night, I was ready to hear them. A spiritual moment.

      Today I believe that such spiritual moments produce a spiritual process that I must
      keep alive. I am the deciding factor in what happens to me and what I can achieve.
      God has created me to be involved in my recovery.

      May I always steer my life in the direction of truth and love.


      "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the
      body is weak."
      Matthew 26:41

      But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
      gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
      Galatians 5:22-23
      Daily Inspiration

Accept yourself for who you are because who you are has a purpose and an important reason for being. Lord, Your love for me makes me special and lovable.

Never let the abundance of gifts from God cause you to forget the Giver. Lord, may I start and end each day with a thank you to You for all of my blessings including those which I take for granted.