Daily Recovery Reading – January 4, 2012

Life (NBC TV series)

Step One: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol- that our lives had become unmanageable.”

What I do NOT admit in Step One is as important as what I DO admit.  I do not admit that I am a failure.  I may feel like a failure , but I’ve learned in this program that feelings aren’t facts.  If I stop to reflect, I realize that I’m not diminished when I admit my powerlessness over alcohol.  In fact, in some important way, I join the rest of the human race because we are allk powerless over something at one time or another.

When I admit my life is unmanageable, I don’t admit that I am a bad person.  In my attempts to maintain the delusion of exercising the power where I am powerless, my life has become disorderly.  Although I may have temporarily lost control of my life, I have not committed a crime.  I need only apply step One to begin to regain my serenity.

Thought for the Day

Step One encourages me to build my life in a balanced perspective.

“With the understanding that alcoholism is a disease, and with the realization that we are powerless over it, as well as over other people, we are ready to do something useful and constructive with our own lives.”

Alcoholism, the Family Disease, p. 3

Reading From: Hope For Today, pg. 4

This is one of my all time favorite readings.  It is so important when we read and work the program that we do it actively.  Actively thinking, reading, learning.  It means looking at what is said and clearly understanding what is said not giving power to what is not said.  Learning to hear what is said, instead of hearing what we feel or think about what is said is very important.

Admitting powerlessness is where power lies.  It gives us an avenue to help ourselves.  It gives us a place to start putting our life into a manageable balance.  We must let go of or surrender or admit powerlessness over that which we can’t control so  we can focus on what we can control.

Admitting powerlessness doesn’t make us weaker, it makes us stronger.

Today I can look at what I am powerless over and make changes in the areas I do have control over or influence on.  ~Adrienne




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About Adrienne McLeod

I am Canadian born, for those of you needing clarification. I was raised in Minnesota, The Land of 10,000 Lakes, Multiple Musical Geniuses,Lake Wobegon, and really really cold winters. I now reside in rural Ontario, Canada with my husband and four beautiful children. I love to write, ponder and give back what I have learned in my journey with the hope that it will benefit others! www.spiritualitythinkaboutit.org www.12stepsthinkaboutit.org


  1. I too shared on this post today. You will see the Hope for Today fingerprint in my blog share, with a little plug for the Emotions Anonymous program.

    With just a few tweaks this could have been an Eanon member’s sharing.

    This too is a favorite reading of mine, and Step One is an evergreen, alive and kicking step for me!

    • It’s why the philosophies of the 12 steps work for life recovery because when they are used by anyone to promote self growth awareness and change the results are favorable :) Thank you so much for sharing! Our 12 step ” family ” is a large one and a beautiful one! :)

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  3. I have been reading One day at a time in Al-Anon, the daily readings are so helpful. I have booked marked this blog and will be back. I will post a link to here in my blog – Very nice work!!

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