D.A. Daily Reader
*** Seeking submissions from all members of the D.A. Fellowship***
The World Service Conference Literature Committee is creating a D.A. Daily Reader. Please submit writing following the format in the samples below to be considered for publication. Please use MS Word. Only electronic submissions can be considered.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have previously submitted a meditation in the early 2000’s, please resubmit it now with attention to the updated criteria for submission. Please include a new D.A. quote and an updated release form.
Topic: One word or phrase to describe the subject of your written submission.
Reflection: (125 to 200 words): A personal reflection on an aspect of your Debtors Anonymous recovery. Suggested topics: D.A. Steps, Traditions, Tools, Promises, Slogans, or Concepts. A longer list of suggested topics is included below. We encourage you to focus your meditation on one of these topics.
Thought for the day: Condense your writing into one or two positive sentences (up to 40 words; 10-20 preferred).
Quote: A quote related to your meditation (up to 30 words). Quotes can be from D.A. Conference-Approved literature or GSB-Approved service literature. Please include source and page number.
For example: “Writing down what we spent grounded us in the present long enough for us to move out of fearful paralysis into hope-filled action.” Spirituality, D.A. pamphlet, p. 8.
Writing submissions and any questions can be emailed to:
Please download (below), sign, and submit the Assignment of Rights release form (separate release form for each submission).
Living within our means
D.A. Daily Reader Template
Thought for the day:
Quote and Source:
Meditation Sample #1
Topic: Living within our means
Reflection: When I was young, I thought the story of the tortoise and the hare was dumb. Everybody knew the hare got distracted here and there, but he still had plenty of time to outrun that old turtle. I always thought the slow, methodical plodding of the turtle was boring. Live on the edge!
Then I crashed, came to Debtors Anonymous, and began to apply slow, methodical plodding efforts. Miracles happened.
Early on, my Pressure Relief Group said to pay off debts slowly instead of getting a lump sum to magically be out of debt. The practice of writing that check every month for years would ensure I changed over time and built new habits. I cringed, not sure that boring, overwhelming task could be done. I’d never been able to do it before.
Somehow, I was willing to receive guidance. I worked the Steps, used the Tools, and wrote those small checks every month. Eleven years later, I believe absolutely in the slow unfolding process of D.A. I can’t wait to see, one step at a time, what the future holds.
Thought for the day: Consistent effort is the way to a new life.
Quote: “Just for this day, I will accept that I cannot solve all of my problems at once. I will take at least one small action toward my recovery.”
—Just For This Day, D.A. bookmark
Meditation Sample #2
Topic: Compulsive Spending
Reflection: While in recovery in Debtors Anonymous, I realized that much of my compulsive spending had been done trying to “keep up” with others. When I wrote down my numbers and kept accurate records, I was shocked to see how much money I spent on trying to maintain appearances by purchasing and acquiring things. Many of the items, especially those with brands or logos prominently displayed, were often not really attractive to me but I bought them anyway because they imparted a status of appearing prosperous and successful.
As I worked the Steps in D.A., I learned that much of my desire to acquire was based on my fear of never being nor having enough. Through the daily prayer and meditation of Step Eleven, my insatiable need to surround myself with a constant stream of material possessions has diminished. The sense of always longing for “more” has been replaced with gratitude for the abundance I already have. I realized that my relationships with other people and with my Higher Power are the only resources I really ever needed.
Thought for the day: My relationships with others and my Higher Power are the source of my abundance today.
Quote: “A common characteristic of compulsive spenders is that we live our lives based on what others think of us. We believe that our value lies in what we own and how we look. We delude ourselves into thinking that by owning things our lives can be fulfilled.”
—Recovery from Compulsive Spending, D.A. pamphlet, p. 8.
*Please keep submissions to 125-200 words. Longer submissions will be edited.