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Nov. 19, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Reflection for the Day
I no longer argue with people who believe that satisfaction of our natural desires is the primary purpose of life. It’s not our business in The Program to knock material achievement. When we stop and think about it, in fact, no group of people ever made a worse mess of trying to live by that “la doulce vita” formula than we did. We always insisted on more than our share – in all areas. And even when we seemed to be succeeding, we fueled our addictions so that we could dream of still greater successes.

Am I learning that material satisfactions are simply by-products and not the chief aim of life? Am I gaining the perspective to see that character-building and spiritual values must come first?

Today I Pray
May I recognize that I never did handle excesses very well, based on my past experience. I have been apt to “want more” of whatever it is I have – love, money, property, things, chemicals, foods, winnings. May The Program teach me that I must concentrate on my spiritual, rather than my material bounty.

Today I Will Remember
It’s okay to be spiritually greedy.

Hazelden Foundation

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