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Daily Affirmations – Strengthening My Recovery

May 28

Sincere Effort

 "Each of us must make a sincere effort to make progress in the program whether working on one or many compulsions or addictions." BRB p. 51

Many of us have the tendency to make things a lot more complicated than they need to be. But we've all heard the slogan, "Keep It Simple." If we keep telling ourselves that recovery is too complicated, we may be giving ourselves a good reason not to work very hard at it or make much forward movement. Sadly, that means we could sit in the rooms of recovery waiting for a miracle to happen for decades. And if nothing changes, nothing changes.

But recovery is not measured by time spent in the program, but how we work and live the program. Our Higher Power is not going to do the recovery work for us. The choice is simple - either occupy a seat in the meetings and keep the same dysfunction in our life, or step out of our comfort zone and try the path that has been proven effective by so many others.

ACA sponsors and fellow travelers are available to help us along our path. We couldn't do it alone before we came to ACA, and we can't do it alone now. If we've just been floating along, it's time to swallow our pride and make some forward movement.

On this day I rededicate my efforts to use the tools of recovery. I will pick up the phone and the BRB and learn something new about myself.

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Adult Children of Alcoholics®
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