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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #964 on: October 28, 2013, 05:33:00 AM »
 October 28 , 2013
   

 Attitudes

“We can also use the steps to improve our attitudes.”

Basic Text, p. 55

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Ever have a day when everything seems to be working against you?  Do you go through periods when you are so busy taking people’s inventories you can barely stand yourself?  What about when you find yourself snapping at your coworker or loved one for no reason?  When we find ourselves in this bleak frame of mind, we need to take action.

At any point in the day, we can set aside a few moments and take a “spot inventory.”  We examine how we are reacting to outside situations and other people.  When we do, we may find that we are suffering from a plain old “bad attitude.”  A negative outlook can hurt our relationship with our Higher Power and the people in our lives.  When we are honest with ourselves, we frequently find that the problem lies with us and our attitude.

We have no control over the challenges life gives us.  What we can control is how we react to those challenges.  At any point in time, we can change our attitude.  The only thing that really changes in Narcotics Anonymous is us.  The Twelve Steps give us the tools to move out of the problem and into the solution.

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Just for today: Throughout the day, I will check my attitude.  I will apply the steps to improve it.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #963 on: October 26, 2013, 01:06:58 PM »
 October 26 , 2013
   

The path to self-acceptance

“The most effective means of achieving self-acceptance is through applying the Twelve Steps of recovery.”

IP No. 19, Self-Acceptance

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Our addiction has been a source of shame to many of us.  We have hidden ourselves from others, sure that if anyone got to know who we really were they would reject us.  NA helps us learn self-acceptance.

Many of us find a great deal of relief just from attending meetings, hearing fellow addicts share their stories, and discovering that others have felt the same way we feel about ourselves.  When others share honestly with us who they are, we feel free to do the same.  As we learn to tell others the truth about ourselves, we learn to accept ourselves.

Self-disclosure, however, is only the beginning.  Once we’ve shared the things that make us uncomfortable with our lives, we need to find a different way to live—and that’s where the steps come in.  We develop a concept of a Higher Power.  We inventory our lives, in detail, and discuss our inventory with our sponsor.  We ask the God of our understanding to remove our character defects, the shortcomings that are the source of our troubles.  We take responsibility for the things we’ve done and make amends for them.  And we incorporate all these disciplines into our daily lives, “practicing these principles in all our affairs.”

By working the steps, we can become people we are proud to be.  We can freely tell the truth about ourselves, for we have nothing to hide.

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Just for today:  I will walk the path to self-acceptance.  I will show up, tell the truth, and work the steps.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #962 on: October 25, 2013, 10:13:43 AM »
 October 25 , 2013
   

Principles before personalities

“Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.”

Tradition Twelve

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“Principles before personalities.”  Many of us chant these words along with the reader whenever the Twelve Traditions are read.  The fact that these words have become a cliche of sorts doesn’t make them any less important, either in service or in our lives.  These words are an affirmation:  “We listen to our conscience and do what’s right, no matter who’s involved.”  And that principle serves as one of the cornerstones of recovery as well as our traditions.

What does “principles before personalities” really mean?  It means we practice honesty, humility, compassion, tolerance, and patience with everyone, whether we like them or not.  Putting principles before personalities teaches us to treat everyone equally.  The Twelfth Step asks us to apply principles in all our affairs; the Twelfth Tradition suggests we apply them to our relations with everyone.

Practicing principles doesn’t stop with our friends or when we leave a meeting.  It’s for every day, for everyone… in all areas of our lives.

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Just for today:  I will listen to my conscience and do what’s right.  My focus will be on principles, not on people’s personalities.

 

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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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