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Daily Reflection Podcast

Michael L. & Lee M.

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.

No Regrets (Jan. 14th) - Lee M. (Leesburg, VA)
Jan 14 2022
No Regrets (Jan. 14th) - Lee M. (Leesburg, VA)
This episode was recorded on January 14th, 2021Lee made many attempts at controlling her drinking prior to coming into the program and she shares that she once felt so much remorse for the life she previously led. However, those things that used to cause her to feel shame have now become her greatest equity. Lee shares her powerful experience on the concept of having "No Regrets."NO REGRETSWe will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 83Once I became sober, I began to see how wasteful my life had been and I experienced overwhelming guilt and feelings of regret. The program's Fourth and Fifth Steps assisted me enormously in healing those troubling regrets. I learned that my self-centeredness and dishonesty stemmed largely from my drinking and that I drank because I was an alcoholic. Now I see how even my most distasteful past experiences can turn to gold because, as a sober alcoholic, I can share them to help my fellow alcoholics, particularly newcomers. Sober for several years in A.A., I no longer regret the past; I am simply grateful to be conscious of God's love and of the help I can give to others in the Fellowship.From the book Daily ReflectionsCopyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.Need the Daily Reflection Book?Visit our web site Read about Recovery on our Blog Visit our Facebook Group Follow us on TwitterSupport the Podcast:- On Patreon: On PayPal: you’re struggling with alcohol or addiction, or wondering how to stop drinking it’s helpful to know that there’s a solution that has worked for millions of people. The Daily Reflection Podcast provides hope, and inspiration through the shared experiences of people that have found a way out.
It Doesn't Happen Overnight (Jan. 13th) - Katie F. (Phila., PA)
Jan 13 2022
It Doesn't Happen Overnight (Jan. 13th) - Katie F. (Phila., PA)
Katie spent over a decade in active alcoholism before coming into the rooms of AA. Today she finds gratitude for the gift of willingness that her previous life gave her. She shares her experience on the reflection for today and provides a glimpse into her amazing program and how her life has improved as a result of the steps, the program and the fellowship.IT DOESN'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHTWe are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85The most common alcoholic fantasy seems to be: "If I just don't drink, everything will be all right." Once the fog cleared for me, I saw—for the first time—the mess my life had become. I had family, work, financial and legal problems; I was hung up on old religious ideas; there were sides of my character to which I was inclined to stay blind because they easily could have convinced me that I was hopeless and pushed me toward escape again. The Big Book guided me in resolving all of my problems. But it didn't happen overnight—and certainly not automatically— with no effort on my part. I need always to recognize God's mercy and blessings that shine through any problem I have to face.From the book Daily ReflectionsCopyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.Need the Daily Reflection Book?Visit our web site Read about Recovery on our Blog Visit our Facebook Group Follow us on TwitterSupport the Podcast:- On Patreon: On PayPal: you’re struggling with alcohol or addiction, or wondering how to stop drinking it’s helpful to know that there’s a solution that has worked for millions of people. The Daily Reflection Podcast provides hope, and inspiration through the shared experiences of people that have found a way out.
Accepting Our Present Circumstances (Jan. 12th) - John S. (Philadelphia, PA)
Jan 12 2022
Accepting Our Present Circumstances (Jan. 12th) - John S. (Philadelphia, PA)
This episode originally aired on January 12th, 2021John has over fifteen months (as of Jan 2021) of sobriety and recently experienced the loss of his job. Without a program of recovery, he would likely have used this as an excuse to drink or fall deep into self-pity. Today, he shares how he uses the program, and his support network to view this as an opportunity for growth. John has a great program and I'm grateful to help share his story today on the concept of accepting our present circumstances.ACCEPTING OUR PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCESOur very first problem is to accept our present circumstances as they are, ourselves as we are, and the people about us as they are. This is to adopt a realistic humility without which no genuine advance can even begin. Again and again, we shall need to return to that unflattering point of departure. This is an exercise in acceptance that we can profitably practice every day of our lives. Provided we strenuously avoid turning these realistic surveys of the facts of life into unrealistic alibis for apathy or defeatism, they can be the sure foundation upon whichincreased emotional health and therefore spiritual progress can be built.AS BILL SEES IT, p. 44When I am having a difficult time accepting people, places or events, I turn to this passage and it relieves me of many an underlying fear regarding others, or situations life presents me. The thought allows me to be human and not perfect, and to regain my peace of mind.From the book Daily ReflectionsCopyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.Need the Daily Reflection Book?Visit our web siteVisit our blogVisit our Facebook GroupSupport the Podcast:- Patreon- Paypal
United We Stand (Jan. 10th) - Nancy C. (Reston, VA)
Jan 10 2022
United We Stand (Jan. 10th) - Nancy C. (Reston, VA)
This episode originally aired on January 10th, 2021Nancy C. Joins us from the Reston, VA area to share her experience of getting sober, and staying sober standing united in recovery in the fellowship. Nancy leads a full and happy life today and credits the program for this.UNITED WE STANDWe learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed.ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 30I came to Alcoholics Anonymous because I was no longer able to control my drinking. It was either my wife's complaining about my drinking, or maybe the sheriff forced me to go to A.A. meetings, or perhaps I knew, deep down inside, that I couldn't drink like others, but I was unwilling to admit it because the alternative terrified me. Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women united against a common, fatal disease. Each one of our lives is linked to every other, much like the survivors on a life raft at sea. If we all work together, we can get safely to shore.To find out more information about meetings in the Reston, VA area visit the Daily Reflection Book?Visit our web site Read about Recovery on our Blog Visit our Facebook Group Follow us on TwitterSupport the Podcast:- On Patreon: On PayPal: you’re struggling with alcohol or addiction, or wondering how to stop drinking it’s helpful to know that there’s a solution that has worked for millions of people. The Daily Reflection Podcast provides hope, and inspiration through the shared experiences of people that have found a way out.
At the Turning Point (Jan. 7th) - Riley R. (Philadelphia, PA)
Jan 7 2022
At the Turning Point (Jan. 7th) - Riley R. (Philadelphia, PA)
This episode originally aired January 7th, 2021Like so many, Riley didn't realize the grave nature of his problem with drinking until it began to affect so many areas of his life... until he found himself at a turning point. Today, he also views so many moments throughout the day as opportunities or turning points where he can choose to practice the principles of the program, and when he does, he continues to experience growth, change, and amazing life in sobriety. AT THE TURNING POINTHalf measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon.ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 59Every day I stand at turning points. My thoughts and actions can propel me toward growth or turn me down the road to old habits and to booze. Sometimes turning points are beginnings, as when I decide to start praising, instead of condemning someone. Or when I begin to ask for help instead of going it alone. At other times turning points are endings, such as when I see clearly the need to stop festering resentments or crippling self-seeking. Many shortcomings tempt me daily; therefore, I also have daily opportunities to become aware of them. In one form or another, many of my character defects appear daily: self condemnation, anger, running away, being prideful, wanting to get even, or acting out of grandiosity. Attempting half measures to eliminate these defects merely paralyzes my efforts to change. It is only when I ask God for help, with complete abandon, that I become willing—and able—to change.From the book Daily ReflectionsCopyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.Need the Daily Reflection Book?Visit our web site Read about Recovery on our Blog Visit our Facebook Group Follow us on TwitterSupport the Podcast:- On Patreon: On PayPal: you’re struggling with alcohol or addiction, or wondering how to stop drinking it’s helpful to know that there’s a solution that has worked for millions of people. The Daily Reflection Podcast provides hope, and inspiration through the shared experiences of people that have found a way out.
Victory of Surrender - (Jan. 6th) - Chris P. (Reston, VA)
Jan 6 2022
Victory of Surrender - (Jan. 6th) - Chris P. (Reston, VA)
This episode originally aired on January 6, 2021Chris got sober at the age of 16 and credits the victory of surrender for the grace to move forward and rebuild his life. He's built a wonderful life based on the firm bedrock of personal powerlessness.Sunlight of the Spirit - VICTORY OF SURRENDERWe perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength. Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be builtTWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 21When alcohol influenced every facet of my life, when bottles became the symbol of all my self-indulgence and permissiveness when I came to realize that, by myself, I could do nothing to overcome the power of alcohol, I realized I had no recourse except surrender. In surrender, I found victory—victory over my selfish self-indulgence, victory over my stubborn resistance to life as it was given to me. When I stopped fighting anybody or anything, I started on the path to sobriety, serenity, and peace.From the book Daily ReflectionsCopyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.Need the Daily Reflection Book?Visit our web site Read about Recovery on our Blog Visit our Facebook Group Follow us on TwitterSupport the Podcast:- On Patreon: On PayPal: you’re struggling with alcohol or addiction, or wondering how to stop drinking it’s helpful to know that there’s a solution that has worked for millions of people. The Daily Reflection Podcast provides hope, and inspiration through the shared experiences of people that have found a way out.
Begin Where You Are (Jan. 4th) - Kevin P. (Jacksonville Beach, FL)
Jan 4 2022
Begin Where You Are (Jan. 4th) - Kevin P. (Jacksonville Beach, FL)
This episode originally aired on January 4th, 2021Kevin P. Joins us from Jacksonville Beach, FL where he's a Professional Therapist. Kevin shares on the topic of beginning where you are... Starting with the elimination of alcohol - that's merely the ticket to the show. The real challenge comes when we face the challenges of daily life. BEGIN WHERE YOU AREWe feel that the elimination of our drinking is but a beginning. A much more important demonstration of our principles lies before us in our respective homes, occupations, and affairs.ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 19It's usually pretty easy for me to be pleasant to the people in an A.A. setting. While I'm working to stay sober, I'm celebrating with my fellow A.A.S our common release from the hell of drinking. It's often not so hard to spread glad tidings to my old and new friends in the program. At home or at work, though, it can be a different story. It is in situations arising in both of those areas that the little day-to-day frustrations are most evident, and where it can be tough to smile or reach out with a kind word or an attentive ear. It's outside of the A.A. rooms that I face the real test of the effectiveness of my walk through A.A.'s Twelve Steps.Need the Daily Reflection Book?Visit our web site Read about Recovery on our Blog Visit our Facebook Group Follow us on TwitterSupport the Podcast:- On Patreon: On PayPal: you’re struggling with alcohol or addiction, or wondering how to stop drinking it’s helpful to know that there’s a solution that has worked for millions of people. The Daily Reflection Podcast provides hope, and inspiration through the shared experiences of people that have found a way out.
Powerless (Jan. 3rd) - Dom F. (Reston, VA)
Jan 3 2022
Powerless (Jan. 3rd) - Dom F. (Reston, VA)
This episode originally aired on January 3rd, 2021Today, Dom F from Reston, VA joins us to talk about Powerlessness; how powerlessness works in his program of recovery and he stays sober, one day at a time.Check out Dom's meetings at 3 - PowerlessWe admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 21It is no coincidence that the very first Step mentions powerlessness: An admission of personal powerlessness over alcohol is a cornerstone of the foundation of recovery. I've learned that I do not have the power and control I once thought I had. I am powerless over what people think about me. I am powerless over having just missed the bus. I am powerless over how other people work (or don't work) the Steps. But I've also learned I am not powerless over some things. I am not powerless over my attitudes. I am not powerless over negativity. I am not powerless over assuming responsibility for my own recovery. I have the power to exert a positive influence on myself, my loved ones, and the world in which I live.Need the Daily Reflection Book?Visit our web site Read about Recovery on our Blog Visit our Facebook Group Follow us on TwitterSupport the Podcast:- On Patreon: On PayPal: you’re struggling with alcohol or addiction, or wondering how to stop drinking it’s helpful to know that there’s a solution that has worked for millions of people. The Daily Reflection Podcast provides hope, and inspiration through the shared experiences of people that have found a way out.
First, the Foundation (Jan. 2nd) - Quentin W. (New York City, NY)
Jan 2 2022
First, the Foundation (Jan. 2nd) - Quentin W. (New York City, NY)
This episode originally aired on January 2nd, 2021Quentin W. from New York City joins the program today to share on the concept of the foundations of recovery. Quentin frequently attends the Sunrise Semester group in Philadelphia, PA via online meetings. I've gotten to know Quentin through his shares at meetings and he's got a phenomenal take on the foundation of recovery. I hope you enjoy this episode.FIRST, THE FOUNDATIONIs sobriety all that we can expect of a spiritual awakening? No, sobriety is only a bare beginning.AS BILL SEES IT, p. 8Practicing the A.A. program is like building a house. First I had to pour a big, thick concrete slab on which to erect the house; that, to me, was the equivalent of stopping drinking. But it's pretty uncomfortable living on a concrete slab, unprotected and exposed to the heat, cold, wind and rain. So I built a room on the slab by starting to practice the program. The first room was rickety because I wasn't used to the work. But as time passed, as I practiced the program, I learned to build better rooms. The more I practiced, and the more I built, the more comfortable, and happy, was the home I now have to live in.Need the Daily Reflection Book?Visit our web site Read about Recovery on our Blog Visit our Facebook Group Follow us on TwitterSupport the Podcast:- On Patreon: On PayPal: you’re struggling with alcohol or addiction, or wondering how to stop drinking it’s helpful to know that there’s a solution that has worked for millions of people. The Daily Reflection Podcast provides hope, and inspiration through the shared experiences of people that have found a way out.
#269 Accepting Success or Failure (Dec. 26th) - Joel Gough (Leesburg, VA)
Dec 26 2021
#269 Accepting Success or Failure (Dec. 26th) - Joel Gough (Leesburg, VA)
Join us as Joel Gough, from Leesburg, VA, shares his experience, strength, and hope around today's Daily Reflection, Accepting Success or Failure.ACCEPTING SUCCESS OR FAILUREFurthermore, how shall we come to terms with seeming failure or success? Can we now accept and adjust to either without despair or pride? Can we accept poverty, sickness, loneliness, and bereavement with courage and serenity? Can we steadfastly content ourselves with the humbler, yet sometimes more durable, satisfactions when the brighter, more glittering achievements are denied us?TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 112After I found A.A. and stopped drinking, it took a while before I understood why the First Step contained two parts: my powerlessness over alcohol, and my life's unmanageability. In the same way, I believed for a long time that, in order to be in tune with the Twelve Steps, it was enough for me "to carry this message to alcoholics." That was rushing things. I was forgetting that there were a total of Twelve Steps and that the Twelfth Step also had more than one part. Eventually I learned that it was necessary for me to "practice these principles" in all areas of my life. In working all the Steps thoroughly, I not only stay sober and help someone else to achieve sobriety, but also I transform my difficulty with living into a joy of living.From the book Daily Reflections. Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All rights reserved.Need the Daily Reflection Book?Visit our web siteRead about Recovery on our BlogVisit our Facebook GroupFollow us on TwitterSupport the Podcast:- On Patreon: On PayPal: you’re struggling with alcohol or addiction, or wondering how to stop drinking it’s helpful to know that there’s a solution that has worked for millions of people. The Daily Reflection Podcast provides hope, and inspiration through the shared experiences of people that have found a way out. Just a brief reminder that at the end of this year we'll be taking a break. We wanted to thank you all for your support and listenership. We hope to return next year. Until then, be safe!Support the show (