Daily Reflection Podcast

Daily Reflection Podcast

The Daily Reflection Podcast delivers hope, and inspiration through interviews with members of the recovery community through the lens of the Daily Reflection book. Each day, we ask a person in recovery to read the Daily Reflection for the day, and share how this relates to their program of recovery. The result is that we learn through their experience how they manage to get and stay sober. We are not affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous or any recovery program.

Episodes

April 19, 2021 46 min

SELF-EXAMINATION

. . . we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 86

When said sincerely, this prayer teaches me to be truly unselfish and humble, for even in doing good deeds I often used to seek approval and glory for myself. By examining my motives in all that I do, I can be of service to God and others, helping them do what th...

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Susan came in seeking recovery from alcohol and today, she seeks a life where she can positively impact the lives of others. 

BROTHERS IN OUR DEFECTS

We recovered alcoholics are not so much brothers in virtue as we are brothers in our defects, and in our common strivings to overcome them

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 167

The identification that one alcoholic has with another is mysterious, spiritual—almost incomprehensible. But it is there. I &#...

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Dana D from Philadelphia shares her experience around honesty in recovery. 

SELF-HONESTY

The deception of others is nearly always rooted in the deception of ourselves. . . . When we are honest with another person, it confirms that we have been honest with ourselves and with God.

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 17

When I was drinking, I deceived myself about reality, rewriting it to what I wanted it to be. Deceiving others is a character defect—eve...

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Gigi Langer reads and shares on today's reflection entitled Love and Fear as Opposites.

Gigi wrote the book, Worry Less Now  to share what she's learned from her training in psychology and over 30 years applying tools from recovery programs, cognitive therapy, energy work, and a variety of spiritual and scientific teachings.

More information, and to purchase her book, visit: https://gigilanger.com/

LOVE AND FEAR AS OPPOSITES

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Like many, David has experienced the entire range of emotions including anger and even depression. David's faith in a higher power, and in the program of AA is inspiring. His service during the pandemic is also inspiring - leveraging his ability to organize and coordinate meetings for his home group over zoom, is just one example of how getting out of one's self can help an alcoholic overcome the potential rollercoaster of ...

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Will didn't realize he was at risk of actual death but he did realize he was at serious risk of leading a miserable life. As a result of doing the steps and the program of AA, he lives a great life today.

THE BONDAGE OF RESENTMENTS

. . . harboring resentment is infinitely grave. For then we shut ourselves off from the sunlight of the spirit.

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 5

It has been said, "Anger is a luxury I cannot afford." Does t...

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Keegan learned early on that resentment has no place in his sober world today so long as he focuses on others.

THE "NUMBER ONE OFFENDER"

Resentment is the "number one" offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 64

As I look at myself practicing the Fou...

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When Katie hit bottom and entered recovery, she was in self-pity and feeling pretty broken. Luckily, the program and the fellowship became a place where everyone wanted her to succeed. Katie says that the people in AA loved her until she could love herself.

THE FALSE COMFORT OF SELF-PITY

Self-pity is one of the most unhappy and consuming defects that we know. It is a bar to all spiritual progress and can cut off all effective communi...

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Dan came to Alcoholics Anonymous through the back door of Alanon. Once in AA recovery, he not only learned how to stay sober one day at a time, but also learned the value of service. Having served in various capacities, he shares his deep knowledge of the service structure of AA. 

GIVING UP INSANITY

. . . where alcohol has been involved, we have been strangely insane.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 38

Alcoholism required me to drink, whether...

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Jewls was an alcoholic and an addict who blamed everyone else including her husband for her problems. It wasn't until she entered the program of recovery that she gained the ability to drop the word blame and acknowledge her part in the unhappiness in her life. Today, her relationship with her husband is the best it has every been thanks to Alcoholics Anonymous and her connection to God.

A WORD TO DROP: "BLAME"

To see how...

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Alan aka Harratial shares honestly about his challenges before becoming sober. He credits good sponsorship for introducing him to the program that's helped him in growing up, and learning to live a life where he can not only be successful but also be on the front lines of helping those in need of a new way of living. 

GROWING UP

The essence of all growth is a willingness to change for the better and then an unremitting willingnes...

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Kim is relatively new in sobriety and she shares a powerful message of how the program and free a person from the prison of addiction.

FREEDOM FROM "KING ALCOHOL"

. . . let us not suppose even for an instant that we are not under constraint. . . . Our former tyrant, King Alcohol, always stands ready again to clutch us to him Therefore, freedom from alcohol is the great "must" that has to be achieved, else we go mad or...

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It took completing the fourth step of the program for Yalonda to begin to discover herself in a new way. Through the process of recovery she gained an inside look and she describes this as part of becoming a better version of herself. 

AN INSIDE LOOK

We want to find exactly how, when, and where our natural desires have warped us We wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and ourselves By discovering what our e...

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Tom believed his drinking, passing out and blacking out were all a part of normal drinking. It wasn't until he tried controlling his drinking that he realized how much of a problem he had. Today he finds his Wide Arc of Gratitude for the program, and for the members of AA that keep the program going.

A WIDE ARC OF GRATITUDE

And, speaking for Dr. Bob and myself, I gratefully declare that had it not been for our wives, Anne and Loi...

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Matt boils his recovery down to something as simple as an incremental trust and a faith that he placed in little more than his sponsor... this man, Rob, told Matt how was he lived his life prior to reading the Big Book with his sponsor and what his life was like after.  The only thing they could say with absolute certainty was that Matt's sponsor Rob, read the book with his sponsor Chris and from there, his life began to change...

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Bill relates that he was largely focused on his own interests throughout his life which manifested in his alcoholism and in his relationships. When he found recovery, he was introduced to a program and fellowship that taught him to place the needs of others ahead of his own and in that he found a true brotherhood in humanity.

TRUE BROTHERHOOD

We have not once sought to be one in a family, to be a friend among friends, to be a worker ...

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Ken shares from the heart about his struggles with alcoholism, depression and the troubles associated with difficult relationship with his parents.  Ken shares that the program of recovery has enabled him to become the man his wife had only dreamed of when he was actively drinking.  

CRYING FOR THE MOON

"This very real feeling of inferiority is magnified by his childish sensitivity and it is this state of affairs which generates ...

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Bill shares about the fact that he's wrestled with perfection in his personal relationships. Through the help of a higher power, and a program of recovery, Bill now has renewed hope for his relationships and for his life. 

ACCEPTING OUR HUMANNESS
We finally saw that the inventory should be ours, not the other man's So we admitted our wrongs honestly and became willing to set these matters straight.

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 222

Why i...

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Kathy admits she was a relentless people-pleaser. As she entered recovery, and learned to build self-esteem, she began to place a higher value on her own needs. Slowly, but surely, with the help of the program, and the fellowship, Kathy has built her own character and has become a more authentic version of herself. 

CHARACTER BUILDING

Demands made upon other people for too much attention, protection, and love can only invite dominati...

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Missy started out with little care, or thought about what a fearless moral inventory was or even how it could help her. Over time, she grew in understanding and eventually has become accustomed to working the fourth step into her life in so many powerfully positive ways. 

LOOKING WITHIN

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 42

Step Four is the vigorous and painstaking effort ...

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