Feb. 29, 2016 – A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time

Monday, Feb. 29,  2016 

Reflection for the Day

Inventory-taking isn’t always done in red ink. It’s a rare day when we haven’t done something right. As I uncover and face my shortcomings, my many good qualities will be revealed to me also, reminding me that they have the same reality as my faults. Even when we’ve tried hard and failed, for instance, we can chalk that up as one of our greatest credits of all. I’ll try to appreciate my good qualities because they not only offset the faults, but give me a foundation on which to grow. It’s just as self-deceptive to discount what’s good in us as to justify what is not.

Can I take comfort in my positive qualities, accepting myself as a friend?

Today I Pray

If I find only defects when I look in that Fourth Step mirror, may I be sure that I am missing something – namely my good points. Although my ultra-modesty may be approved socially, may I learn that it is just as dishonest as rationalizing away my faults. Even an out-and-out failure, if examined from all sides, may turn up a plus along with the obvious minuses.

Today I Will Remember

To give myself, if not an A for effort, at least an average B minus.

Hazelden Foundation

4 thoughts on “Feb. 29, 2016 – A Day at a Time”

  1. Wow the fourth step… How interesting. I hope for your sake you get a good doctor and let go of the meetings. Maybe do some studying. Its mortality is higher the its success rate and goes against everything a professional would recommend. But I am sure you are brain washed by now to read this and blow it off. You may even talk about the dumb girl on the internet and how she was so wrong and you really cant live with out the program out the fact is you would be wrong. so very very wrong. its a shame really. I am sorry for the loss of your self witch you have freely given away to some bs as of that.

  2. Well, thanks for the comment but, truth be told, my own recovery is NOT based on the 12 steps. Hadn’t had a meeting in years: the religion in 12-step recovery became “too religious.” These posts are here only because others who DO 12-step recovery apparently have a need for them. But, in defense of the steps, take out the “higher power” and the implication that we are “powerless” and without choice and you have some basic logic to work to be a better person – not necessary to be an alcoholic or addict to want to be a better person.

  3. lol I can see your logic in that but still I have to say the steps are not healthy for recovery. it is a one size fits all program that has not changed sense 1935? I think that the year. even though phycology has progressed. the program does so much damage in so many ways. It actually teaches you that if you ever use again your screwed because it is an incurable disease this for this reason alone thousands every year will die because instead of relapsing one beer they think well a relapse is a relapse and all my clean time is done and I’m already you at it and I cant stop now and drink them selfs to death. it sounds silly I know but its truth and there are all sorts of studies and data to back it up. and then once the person is sober if they stay sober the program and steps tend to take over lives and take time away from there home and work life both this often leaves people broke splits up families and is main case of divorce for many every year. And again it is wrong to teach that it is a disease because technically it is a behavior health issue and really needs professional help with very specific types of therapy. In fact many studies over the years has shown the the 12 steps program is the least likely to succeed and yet our government spends almost 15 mil a year to advertise it when the relapse is more likely then the success and then all the judges require you to go to the meetings and you relapse and go back to jail or prison at your next drug test or drunken bar fight and every time some goes to jail what does the government make… ding ding ding money!!!!!!

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