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

A Day at a Time
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015

Reflection for the Day
The Program teaches me to work for progress, not perfection. That simple admonition gives me great comfort, for it represents a primary way in which my life today is so different than it used to be. In my former life, perfection – for all its impossibility – was so often my number one goal. Today I can believe that if I sometimes fail, I’m not a failure – and if I sometimes make mistakes, I’m not a mistake. And I can apply those same beliefs to The Program’s Twelve Steps as well as to my entire life.

Do I believe that only Step One can be practiced with perfection, and that the remaining Steps represent perfect ideals?

Today I Pray
God, teach me to abandon my erstwhile goal of superhuman perfection in everything I did or said. I know now that I was actually bent on failure, because I could never attain those impossible heights I had established for myself. Now that I understand this pattern, may I no longer program my own failures.

Today I Will Remember
I may strive to be a super person, but not a superperson.

Hazelden Foundation

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