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Re: JFT Jan 6
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2011, 11:48:25 AM »
January 9/ http://www.na.org/                         Returning our sponsor’s kindness


“Our earliest involvements with others often begin with our sponsor.”  Basic Text, p. 57

Our sponsors can be abundant sources of recovery information, wisdom, and loving words.  They’ve done so much for us.  From the late night telephone calls to the hours spent listening to our recovery writing, they’ve believed in us and invested their time to prove it.  They’ve lovingly and firmly shown us how to be honest.  Their boundless compassion in times of turmoil has given us the strength to go on.  Their way of helping has prompted us to seek our answers within ourselves, and we’ve become mature, responsible, confident individuals as a result.

Though our sponsor has given so generously and has never demanded repayment, there are things we can do to show our appreciation.  We treat our sponsor with respect.  They are not trash cans designed for us to dump our garbage in.  They have their times of trial, just as we do, and sometimes need our support.  They are human, have feelings, and appreciate our concern.  Maybe they would like to receive a card in the mail or a phone call expressing our love.

Whatever we do to return our sponsor’s kindness will enhance our personal recovery, not to mention the joy we’ll bring to our sponsor.

Just for today:  My sponsor has cared for me when I couldn’t care for myself.  Today, I will do something nice for my sponsor.

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Re: JFT Jan 6
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2011, 10:51:55 AM »
January 8/ http://www.na.org/                                           Growing up


“Our spiritual condition is the basis for a successful recovery that offers unlimited growth.”  Basic Text, p. 44

When our members celebrate their recovery anniversaries, they often say that they’ve “grown up” in NA.  Well, then, we think, what does that mean?  We start to wonder if we’re grownups yet.  We check our lives and yes, all the trappings of adulthood are there: the checkbook, the children, the job, the responsibilities.  On the inside, though, we often feel like children.  We’re still confused by life much of the time.  We don’t always know how to act.  We sometimes wonder whether we’re really grownups at all, or whether we’re children who’ve somehow been put into adult bodies and given adult responsibilities.

Growth is not best measured by physical age or levels of responsibility.  Our best measure of growth is our spiritual condition, the basis of our recovery.  If we’re still depending on people, places, and things to provide our inner satisfaction, like a child depending on its parents for everything, we do indeed have some growing to do.  But if we stand secure on the foundation of our spiritual condition, considering its maintenance our most important responsibility, we can claim maturity.  Upon that foundation, our opportunities for growth are limitless

Just for today:  The measure of my maturity is the extent to which I take responsibility for the maintenance of my spiritual condition.  Today, this will be my highest priority.

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Just For Today
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2011, 06:27:13 AM »
January 6/ http://www.na.org/                                       “How does it work?” 
 
                   
“I used to think that I had all the answers,  but today I am glad that I don’t.”

What are the two favorite words of most addicts?  “I know!”  Unfortunately, many of us arrive in NA thinking we have all the answers.  We have a lot of knowledge about what’s wrong with us.  But in and of itself, knowledge never helped us stay clean for any length of time.

Members who have achieved long-term recovery will be the first to admit that the longer they are here, the more they have to learn.  But they do know one thing:  By following this simple Twelve-Step program, they have been able to stay clean.  They no longer ask “why”; they ask “how.”  The value of endless speculation pales in comparison to the experience of addicts who’ve found a way to stay clean and live clean.

This doesn’t mean we don’t ask “why” when it’s appropriate.  We don’t come to NA and stop thinking!  But in the beginning, it’s often a very good idea to reword our questions.  Instead of asking “why,” we ask “how.”  How do I work this step?  How often should I attend meetings?  How do I stay clean?

Just for today:  I don’t have all the answers, but I know where to find the ones that matter.  Today, I will ask another addict, “How does it work?"

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