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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #961 on: October 24, 2013, 05:27:55 AM »
 October 24 , 2013
   

Responsibility

“We are not responsible for our disease, only for our recovery.  As we begin to apply what we have learned, our lives begin to change for the better.”

Basic Text, p. 91

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The further we go in recovery, the less we avoid responsibility for ourselves and our actions.  By applying the principles of the Narcotics Anonymous program, we are able to change our lives.  Our existence takes on new meaning as we accept responsibility and the freedom of choice responsibility implies.  We do not take recovery for granted.

We take responsibility for our recovery by working the Twelve Steps with a sponsor.  We go to meetings regularly and share with the newcomer what was freely given to us: the gift of recovery.  We become involved with our home group and accept responsibility for our part in sharing recovery with the still-suffering addict.  As we learn how to effectively practice spiritual principles in all areas of our lives, the quality of our lives improves.

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Just for today:  Using the spiritual tools I’ve gained in recovery, I am willing and able to make responsible choices.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #960 on: October 22, 2013, 10:00:33 AM »
 October 22 , 2013
   

Look who’s talking

“Our disease is so cunning that it can get us into impossible situations.”

Basic Text, p. 83

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Some of us say, “My disease is talking to me.”  Others say, “My head won’t turn off.”  Still others refer to “the committee in my mind” or “the monkey on my back.”  Let’s face it.  We suffer from an incurable malady that continues to affect us, even in recovery.  Our disease gives us warped information about what’s going on in our lives.  It tells us not to look at ourselves because what we’ll see is too scary.  Sometimes it tells us we’re not responsible for ourselves and our actions; other times, it tells us that everything wrong with the world is our fault.  Our disease tricks us into trusting it.

The NA program provides us with many voices that counter our addiction, voices we can trust.  We can call our sponsor for a reality check.  We can listen to the voice of an addict trying to get clean.  The ultimate solution is to work the steps and draw on the strength of a Higher Power.  That will get us through those times when “our disease is talking.”

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Just for today:  I will ignore the “voice” of my addiction.  I will listen to the voice of my program and a Power greater than myself.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #959 on: October 20, 2013, 12:16:48 PM »
 October 20 , 2013
   

Freedom to choose

“Enforced morality lacks the power that comes to us when we choose to live a spiritual life.”

Basic Text, p. 45

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In our active addiction, many of us lived our lives by default.  We were unwilling or unable to make choices about how we wanted to act, what we preferred to do, or even where we would live.  We allowed the drugs or other people to make our most basic decisions for us.  Freedom from active addiction means, among other things, the freedom to make those choices for ourselves.

Freedom of choice is a wonderful gift, but it’s also a great responsibility.  Choice allows us to find out who we are and what we believe in.  However, in exercising it, we’re called on to weigh our own choices and accept the consequences.  This leads some of us to seek out someone who will make our choices for us—our sponsor, our home group, our NA friends—just as our disease made our choices for us when we were using.  That’s not recovery.

Seeking others’ experience is one thing; abdicating personal responsibility is something else.  If we don’t use the gift of freedom we’ve been given, if we refuse to accept the responsibilities that go along with it, we’ll lose that gift and our lives will be diminished.  We are responsible for our own recovery and our own choices.  Difficult as it may seem, we must make those choices for ourselves and become willing to accept the consequences.

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Just for today:  I am grateful for the freedom to live as I choose.  Today, I will accept responsibility for my recovery, make my own choices, and accept the consequences.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #958 on: October 19, 2013, 01:26:26 PM »
 October 19  , 2013
   

Standing for something

“...we could feel time, touch reality, and recognize spiritual values long lost to many of us.”

Basic Text, p. 88

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In our active addiction, we were prepared to compromise everything we believed in just to get our hands on more drugs.  Whether we stole from our families and friends, sold ourselves, or lied to our employers, we were ignoring the values that mattered most to us.  Each time we compromised another dearly held belief, another chunk of the mortar holding our characters together fell away.  By the time many of us came to our first meeting, nothing was left but the ruin of our former selves.

We will locate our lost values as we carry out our first honest self-examination.  But in order to rebuild our characters, we’ll find it necessary to maintain those values, no matter how great the temptation to shove them aside.  We will need to be honest, even when we think we could fool everyone by lying.  If we ignore our values, we’ll discover that the biggest fibs we’ve told have been the ones we’ve told ourselves.

We don’t want to start the demolition of our spirits again after all the work we’ve put into their restoration.  It’s essential that we stand for something, or we risk falling for anything.  Whatever we find important to us, we honor.

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Just for today: I stand for something.  My strength is the result of living my values.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #957 on: October 18, 2013, 11:43:21 AM »
 October 18  , 2013
   

     We all belong

“Although ‘politics makes strange bedfellows,’ as the old saying goes, addiction makes us one of a kind.”

Basic Text, p. 87

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What a mixture of folks we have in Narcotics Anonymous!  In any given meeting on any given night, we’ll find a variety of people who probably never would have sat down in a room together if it weren’t for the disease of addiction.

A member who is a physician described his unwillingness to identify at his first meeting by refusing to go into “that room full of junkies.”  Another member with an extensive background in jails and institutions shared a similar story, except that her shock and surprise stemmed from the realization that “there were nice people there—wearing suits, yet!”  These two friends recently celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary.

The most unlikely people form friendships, sponsor each other, and do service work together.  We meet in the rooms of recovery together, sharing the bonds of past suffering and hope for the future.  We meet on mutual ground with our focus on the two things we all have in common—addiction and recovery.

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Just for today:  No matter what my personal circumstances, I belong

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #956 on: October 15, 2013, 09:23:55 AM »
 October 15 , 2013
   

Choices

 “We did not choose to become addicts.”

Basic Text, p. 3

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When we were growing up, all of us had dreams.  Every child has heard a relative or neighbor ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Even if some of us didn’t have elaborate dreams of success, most of us dreamed of work, families, and a future of dignity and respect.  But no one asked, “Do you want to be a drug addict when you grow up?”

We didn’t choose to become addicts, and we cannot choose to stop being addicts.  We have the disease of addiction.  We are not responsible for having it, but we are responsible for our recovery.  Having learned that we are sick people and that there is a way of recovery, we can move away from blaming circumstances—or ourselves—and into living the solution.  We didn’t choose addiction, but we can choose recovery.

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Just for today:  I choose recovery.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #955 on: October 13, 2013, 02:40:42 PM »
 October 13 , 2013
   

Making a difference

“Words cannot describe the sense of spiritual awareness that we receive when we have given something, no matter how small, to another person.”

Basic Text, p. 104

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Sometimes it seems as though there is so much wrong with the world that we might as well forget trying to make a difference.  “After all,” we think, “what in the world can I do?  I’m just one person.”  Whether our concerns are so broad that we desire global peace or so personal that we simply want recovery made available to every addict who wants it, the task seems overwhelming.  “So much work to do, so little time,” we sigh, sometimes wondering how we’ll ever do any good.

Amazingly enough, the smallest contributions can make the biggest difference.  To gain more from life than an ordinary, plodding existence requires very little effort on our parts.  We ourselves are transformed by the deep satisfaction we experience when we lift the spirits of just one person.  When we smile at someone who is frowning, when we let someone in front of us on the freeway, when we call a newcomer just to say we care, we enter the realm of the extraordinary.

Want to change the world?  Start with the addict sitting next to you tonight, and then imagine your act of kindness multiplied.  One person at a time, each one of us makes a difference.

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Just for today:  An act of kindness costs me nothing, but is priceless to the recipient.  I will be kind to someone today.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #954 on: October 12, 2013, 11:18:31 AM »
 October 12  , 2013
   

      Being right

“When we admit that our lives have become unmanageable, we don’t have to argue our point of view....  We no longer have to be right all the time.”

Basic Text, p. 58

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Nothing isolates us more quickly from the warmth and camaraderie of our fellow NA members than having to be “right.”  Insecure, we pretend to be some kind of authority figure.  Suffering from low self-esteem, we try to build ourselves up by putting others down.  At best, such tactics push others away from us; at worst, they draw attack.  The more we try to impress others with how “right” we are, the more wrong we become.

We don’t have to be “right” to be secure; we don’t have to pretend to have all the answers for others to love or respect us.  In fact, just the opposite is true.  None of us have all the answers.  We depend upon one another to help bridge the gaps in our understanding of things, and we depend upon a Power greater than our own to make up for our personal powerlessness.  We live easily with others when we offer what we know, admit what we don’t, and seek to learn from our peers.  We live securely in ourselves when we cease relying on our own power and start relying on the God we’ve come to understand in recovery.

We don’t have to be “right” all the time, just recovering.

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Just for today:  God, I admit my powerlessness and the unmanageability of my life.  Help me live with others as an equal, dependent upon you for direction and strength.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #953 on: October 09, 2013, 06:57:47 PM »
 October 9  , 2013
   

Order

“We emphasize setting our house in order because it brings us relief.”

Basic Text, p. 97

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Focusing on what others are doing can provide momentary relief from having to take a look at ourselves.  But one of the secrets of success in Narcotics Anonymous is making sure our own house is in order.  So what does “setting our house in order” mean, anyway?

It means we work the steps, allowing us to look at our role in our relationships with others.  When we have a problem with someone, we can take our own inventory to find out what our part in the problem has been.  With the help of our sponsor, we strive to set it right.  Then, each day, we continue taking our inventory to avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future.

It’s pretty simple.  We treat others as we would like others to treat us.  We promptly make amends when we owe them.  And when we turn our lives over to the care of our Higher Power on a daily basis, we can start to avoid running on the self-will so characteristic of our active addiction.  Guided by a Power that seeks the best for everyone, our relationships with others will surely improve.

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Just for today: I will set my own house in order.  Today, I will examine my part in the problems in my life.  If I owe amends, I will make them.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #952 on: October 08, 2013, 06:07:25 PM »
 October 8   , 2013
   

A new pattern of living

“We suspect that if we do not use what we have, we will lose what we have.”

Basic Text, p. 78

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Addiction gave a pattern to our lives, and with it a meaning—a dark, diseased meaning, to be sure, but a meaning nonetheless.  The Narcotics Anonymous recovery program gives us a new pattern of living to replace our old routines.  And with that new pattern comes a new meaning to our lives, one of light and hope.

What is this new pattern of living?  Instead of isolation, we find fellowship.  Instead of living blindly, repeating the same mistakes again and again, we regularly examine ourselves, free to keep what helps us grow and discard what doesn’t.  Rather than constantly trying to get by on our own limited power, we develop a conscious contact with a loving Power greater than ourselves.

Our life must have a pattern.  To maintain our recovery, we must maintain the new patterns our program has taught us.  By giving regular attention to these patterns, we will maintain the freedom we’ve found from the deadly disease of addiction, and keep hold of the meaning recovery has brought to our lives.

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Just for today:  I will begin a new pattern in my life: the regular maintenance of my recovery.

 

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #951 on: October 07, 2013, 05:51:41 PM »
 October 7 , 2013
   

Depending on our Higher Power

“As recovering addicts, we find that we are still dependent, but our dependence has shifted from the things around us to a loving God and the inner strength we get in our relationship with Him.”

Basic Text, pp. 71

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For many addicts, rebelliousness is second nature.  We didn’t want to depend on anyone or anything, and especially not on God.  The beauty of using, we thought, was that it gave us the power to be and feel anything we wanted, all by ourselves.  But the price we paid for this illusory freedom was a dependence beyond our worst nightmares.  Rather than freeing us, using enslaved us.

When we came to Narcotics Anonymous, we learned that dependence on God didn’t have to mean what we may have thought it meant.  Yes, if we wanted to be restored to sanity, we would need to tap “a Power greater than ourselves.”  However, we could choose our own concept of this Higher Power—we could even make one up.  Dependence on a Higher Power would not limit us, we discovered; it would free us.

The Power we find in recovery is the power we lacked on our own.  It is the love we were afraid to depend on others for.  It is the sense of personal direction we never had, the guidance we couldn’t humble ourselves to ask for or trust others to give.  It is all these things, and it is our own.  Today, we are grateful to have a Higher Power to depend on.

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Just for today:  I will depend on the love and inner strength I draw from the God of my own understanding.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #950 on: October 05, 2013, 12:42:26 PM »
 October 5 , 2013
   

Ask for mercy, not justice

“Many of us have difficulty admitting that we caused harm for others...  We cut away our justifications and our ideas of being a victim.

Basic Text, p. 38

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Our lives are progressing nicely.  Things are going good, and each year in recovery brings more material and spiritual gifts.  We may have a little money in the bank, a new car, or a committed relationship.  We have a little self-confidence, and our faith in a Higher Power is growing.

Then, something happens.  Someone breaks into our new car and steals the stereo, or the person we’re in the relationship with becomes unfaithful.  Right away, we feel victimized.  “Where’s the justice?” we wail.  But if we take a look back on our own behavior, we may find that we’ve been guilty of doing what’s just been done to us.  We realize we wouldn’t really want justice—not for ourselves, and not for others.  What we want is mercy.

We thank a loving God for the compassion we’ve been shown, and we take the time to appreciate all the precious gifts that recovery brings.

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Just for today:  I will pray for mercy, not justice.  I am grateful for the compassion I’ve been shown, and will offer mercy to others.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #949 on: October 04, 2013, 11:32:37 AM »
 October 4 , 2013
   

Thirty-day wonder

“When we first begin to enjoy relief from our addiction, we run the risk of assuming control of our lives again.  We forget the agony and pain that we have known.”

Basic Text, p. 50

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Many of us have been “thirty-day wonders.”  We were desperate and dying when we showed up at our first NA meeting.  We identified with the addicts we met there and the message they shared.  With their support, we were finally able to stop using and catch a free breath.  For the first time in a long, long time, we felt at home.  Overnight, our lives were transformed; we walked, talked, ate, drank, slept, and dreamed Narcotics Anonymous.

Then, Narcotics Anonymous lost its novelty.  Meetings that had been a thrill became monotonous.  Our wonderful NA friends became bores; their uplifting NA talk, drivel.  When our former friends called, inviting us back for some of the old fun, we kissed our recovery goodbye.

Sooner or later, we made our way back to the rooms of Narcotics Anonymous.  Nothing had changed out there, we’d discovered—not us, not our friends, not the drugs, not anything.  If anything, it had gotten worse than ever.

True, NA meetings may not be a laugh riot, and our NA friends may not be spiritual giants.  But there’s a power in the meetings, a common bond among the members, a life to the program that we can’t do without.  Today, our recovery is more than just a fad—it’s a way of life.  We’re going to practice living our program like our lives depend on it, because they do.

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Just for today:  I’m no “thirty-day wonder.”  The NA way is my way of life, and I’m here for the duration.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #948 on: October 01, 2013, 02:28:03 PM »
October 1 , 2013   

Not just a motivation for growth

“We learn that pain can be a motivating factor in recovery.”

Basic Text, p. 30

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“Pain—who needs it!” we think whenever we’re in it.  We see no good purpose for pain.  It seems to be a pointless exercise in suffering.  If someone happens to mention spiritual growth to us while we’re in pain, we most likely snort in disgust and walk away, thinking we’ve never encountered a more insensitive person.

But what if human beings didn’t feel pain—either physical or emotional?  Sound like an ideal world?  Not really.  If we weren’t capable of feeling physical pain, we wouldn’t know when to blink foreign particles out of our eyes; we wouldn’t know when to stop exercising; we wouldn’t even know when to roll over in our sleep.  We would simply abuse ourselves for lack of a natural warning system.

The same holds true for emotional pain.  How would we have known that our lives had become unmanageable if we hadn’t been in pain?  Just like physical pain, emotional pain lets us know when to stop doing something that hurts.

But pain is not only a motivating factor.  Emotional pain provides a basis for comparison when we are joyful.  We couldn’t appreciate joy without knowing pain.

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Just for today: I will accept pain as a necessary part of life.  I know that to whatever level I can feel pain, I can also feel joy.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #947 on: September 30, 2013, 10:56:54 AM »
 September 30 , 2013
   

Being ourselves

“Our real value is in being ourselves.”

Basic Text, p. 105

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Over and over, we have tried to live up to the expectations of those around us.  We may have been raised believing that we were okay if we earned good grades in school, cleaned our rooms, or dressed a certain way.  Always wanting to belong and be loved, many of us spent a lot of time trying to fit in—yet we never quite seemed to measure up.

Now, in recovery, we are accepted as we are.  Our real value to others is in being ourselves.  As we work the steps, we learn to accept ourselves just as we are.  Once this happens, we gain the freedom to become who we want to be.

We each have many good qualities we can share with others.  Our experiences, honestly shared, help others find the level of identification they need to begin their recovery.  We discover that we all have special gifts to offer those around us.

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Just for today:  My experience in recovery is the greatest gift I can give another addict.  I will share myself honestly with others.

 

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