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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on July 29, 2015, 05:28:53 PM »

July 29 , 2015

Expectations

“As we realize our need to be forgiven, we tend to be more forgiving.”

Basic Text, p. 39

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Our behavior toward other people in our life is a mirror of our behavior toward ourselves.  When we demand perfection of ourselves, we come to demand it from others around us, too.  As we strive to repair and heal our lives in recovery, we may also expect others to work just as hard and to recover at the same pace as we do.  And just as we are often unforgiving of our own mistakes, we may shut out friends and family members when they don’t meet our expectations.

Working the steps helps us understand our own limitations and our humanity.  We come to see our failures as human mistakes.  We realize that we will never be perfect, that we will, at times, disappoint ourselves and others.  We hope for forgiveness.

As we learn to gently accept ourselves, we can start to view others with the same accepting and tolerant heart.  These people, too, are only human, trying to do their best and sometimes falling short.

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Just for today:  I will treat others with the tolerance and forgiveness I seek for myself.

Copyright © 1991-2015 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on July 29, 2015, 05:28:02 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     7/29/15


We do not believe in lemming recovery. Clement wrote 'faith must go hand in hand with inquiry.' If you do not 'get' something, ASK. Ask at meetings, ask a clean and sober friend, ask your sponsor, or ask your Higher Power in prayer.

The only stupid question is the one I don't ask.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on July 29, 2015, 08:07:33 AM »

July 29 , 2015

Expectations

“As we realize our need to be forgiven, we tend to be more forgiving.”

Basic Text, p. 39

––––=––––

Our behavior toward other people in our life is a mirror of our behavior toward ourselves.  When we demand perfection of ourselves, we come to demand it from others around us, too.  As we strive to repair and heal our lives in recovery, we may also expect others to work just as hard and to recover at the same pace as we do.  And just as we are often unforgiving of our own mistakes, we may shut out friends and family members when they don’t meet our expectations.

Working the steps helps us understand our own limitations and our humanity.  We come to see our failures as human mistakes.  We realize that we will never be perfect, that we will, at times, disappoint ourselves and others.  We hope for forgiveness.

As we learn to gently accept ourselves, we can start to view others with the same accepting and tolerant heart.  These people, too, are only human, trying to do their best and sometimes falling short.

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Just for today:  I will treat others with the tolerance and forgiveness I seek for myself.

Copyright © 1991-2015 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on July 29, 2015, 08:06:23 AM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote         7/29/15


We do not believe in lemming recovery. Clement wrote 'faith must go hand in hand with inquiry.' If you do not 'get' something, ASK. Ask at meetings, ask a clean and sober friend, ask your sponsor, or ask your Higher Power in prayer.

The only stupid question is the one I don't ask.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on July 27, 2015, 04:00:02 PM »
July 27 , 2015

We do recover

“After coming to NA, we found ourselves among a very special group of people who have suffered like us and found recovery.  In their experiences, freely shared, we found hope for ourselves.  If the program worked for them, it would work for us.”

Basic Text, p. 10

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A newcomer walks into his or her first meeting, shaking and confused.  People are milling about.  Refreshments and literature are set out.  The meeting starts after everyone has drifted over to their chairs and settled themselves in.  After taking a bewildered glance at the odd assortment of folks in the room, the newcomer asks, “Why should I bet my life on this group?  After all, they’re just a bunch of addicts like me.”

Though it may be true that not many of our members had much going for us when we got here, the newcomer soon learns that the way we are living today is what counts.  Our meetings are filled with addicts whose lives have turned completely around.  Against all odds, we are recovering.  The newcomer can relate to where we’ve been and draw hope from where we are now.  Today, every one of us has the opportunity to recover.

Yes, we can safely entrust our lives to our Higher Power and to Narcotics Anonymous.  So long as we work the program, the payoff is certain: freedom from active addiction and a better way of life.

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Just for today:  The recovery I’ve found in Narcotics Anonymous is a sure thing.  By basing my life on it, I know I will grow.


Copyright © 1991-2015 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on July 27, 2015, 03:58:53 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       7/27/15


Unity in our program does not mean conformity. Unity means joining for a common purpose, despite our differences.

I can disagree without being disagreeable.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on July 26, 2015, 09:18:16 PM »
July 26 , 2015

Unconditional surrender

“Help for addicts begins only when we are able to admit complete defeat.  This can be frightening, but it is the foundation on which we have built our lives.”

Basic Text, p. 22

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Most of us have tried everything we can think of, exerted every ounce of force possible, to fill the spiritual hole inside us.  Nothing—not drugs, not control and management, not sex, money, property, power, or prestige—has filled it.  We are powerless; our lives are unmanageable, at least by ourselves alone.  Our denial will not change that fact.

So we surrender; we ask a Higher Power to care for our will and our lives.  Sometimes in surrendering, we don’t know that a Power greater than ourselves exists which can restore us to wholeness.  Sometimes we’re not sure that the God of our understanding will care for our unmanageable lives.  Our lack of certainty, though, does not affect the essential truth:  We are powerless.  Our lives are unmanageable.  We must surrender.  Only by doing so can we open ourselves wide—wide enough for our old ideas and past wreckage to be cleared, wide enough for a Higher Power to enter.

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Just for today:  I will surrender unconditionally.  I can make it as easy or as hard as I choose.  Either way, I will do it.


Copyright © 1991-2015 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on July 26, 2015, 09:17:05 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/26/15


The AA Big Book, The NA Basic Text, and the CDA First Edition do not need to be rewritten. They need to be reread.

I begin this day by reading at least one page from my program's basic book.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on July 25, 2015, 04:09:23 PM »
July 25 , 2015

Twelfth Step "failure"?

“Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

Step Twelve

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There is no such thing as a “failed” Twelfth Step call.  Even if our prospect doesn’t get clean, we have accomplished two purposes.  We have planted the seed of recovery in the mind of the addict with whom we have shared our experience, strength, and hope.  And we ourselves have stayed clean another day.  Rarely does a recovering addict leave a Twelve Step call with anything but a deep dose of gratitude.

Sometimes we are practicing the Twelfth Step without realizing it.  When our co-workers or other acquaintances know some of our history and see what kind of person we are today, they know where to go when they have a friend or loved one in need of our help.  We are often the best attraction that NA has to offer!

For many addicts, the Twelfth Step is the cornerstone of recovery.  We truly believe that “we can only keep what we have by giving it away.”  The paradox of the Twelfth Step is evident, for in giving, we receive.

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Just for today:  I will remember that I am a living example of the Twelfth Step.  I cannot “fail” when I try to carry the message to another addict.

Copyright © 1991-2015 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on July 25, 2015, 04:08:23 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      7/25/15


Like the song says, 'I'll bet you think this song is about you? You need to get over yourself if you want to get over feeling sorry for yourself.

They're just doing it; they're not doing it to me.
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