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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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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #946 on: September 29, 2013, 02:04:30 PM »
 September 29 , 2013
   

Just for today

“When we stop living in the here and now, our problems become magnified unreasonably.”

Basic Text, p. 99

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“Just for today”—it’s a comforting thought.  If we try to live in the past, we may find ourselves torn by painful, disquieting memories.  The lessons of our using are not the teachers we seek for recovery.  Living in tomorrow means moving in with fear.  We cannot see the shape of the secret future, and uncertainty brings worry.  Our lives look overwhelming when we lose the focus of today.

Living in the moment offers freedom.  In this moment, we know that we are safe.  We are not using, and we have everything we need.  What’s more, life is happening in the here and now.  The past is gone and the future has yet to arrive; our worrying won’t change any of it.  Today, we can enjoy our recovery, this very minute.

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Just for today:  I will stay in the here and now.  Today—this moment—I am free.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #945 on: September 28, 2013, 01:23:50 PM »
 September 28 , 2013
   

Hope

“Gradually, as we become more God-centered than self-centered, our despair turns to hope.”

Basic Text, p. 95

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As using addicts, despair was our relentless companion.  It colored our every waking moment.  Despair was born of our experience in active addiction:  No matter what measures we tried to make our lives better, we slid ever deeper into misery.  Attempts we made to control our lives frequently met with failure.  In a sense, our First Step admission of powerlessness was an acknowledgment of despair.

Steps Two and Three lead us gradually out of that despair and into new hope, the companion of the recovering addict.  Having accepted that so many of our efforts to change have failed, we come to believe that there is a Power greater than ourselves.  We believe this Power can—and will—help us.  We practice the Second and Third Steps as an affirmation of our hope for a better life, turning to this Power for guidance.  As we come to rely more and more on a Higher Power for the management of our day-to-day life, the despair arising from our long experiment with self-sufficiency disappears.

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Just for today:  I will reaffirm my Third Step decision.  I know that, with a Higher Power in my life, there is hope.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #944 on: September 27, 2013, 01:03:32 PM »
 September 27, 2013
   

Right back up

“There is something in our self-destructive personalities that cries for failure.”

Basic Text, p. 80

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“Poor me; woe is me; look at me, my life is such a mess!  I’ve fallen, and no matter how hard I try, I continue to fail.”  Many of us came to NA singing this sad refrain.

Life isn’t like that anymore.  True, sometimes we still stumble; at times we even fall.  Sometimes we feel like we can’t move forward in our lives, no matter how hard we try.  But the truth of the matter is that, with the help of other recovering addicts in NA, we find a hand to pull us up, dust us off, and help us start all over again.  That’s the new refrain in our lives today.

No longer do we say, “I’m a failure and I’m going nowhere.”  Usually, it’s more like, “Rats!  I hit that same bump in the road of life again.  Pretty soon I’ll learn to slow down or avoid it entirely.”  Until then, we may continue to fall down occasionally, but we’ve learned that there’s always a helping hand to set us on our feet again.

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Just for today:  If I begin to cry failure, I’ll remember there is a way to move forward.  I will accept the encouragement and support of NA.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #943 on: September 24, 2013, 04:14:04 PM »
 September 24 , 2013
   

A growing concept of God

“The only suggested guidelines are that this Power be loving, caring, and greater than ourselves.  We don’t have to be religious to accept this idea.  The point is that we open our minds to believe.”

Basic Text, p. 24

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In a lifelong process of coming to believe, our understanding of God will change.  The understanding we have when new in recovery will not be the same when we have a few months clean, nor will that understanding be the same when we have a few years clean.

Our initial understanding of a Power greater than ourselves will most likely be limited.  That Power will keep us clean but, we may think, nothing more.  We may hesitate to pray because we have placed conditions on what we will ask our Higher Power to do for us.  “Oh, this stuff is so awful, even God couldn’t do anything,” we might say, or “God’s got a lot of people to take care of.  There’s no time for me.”

But, as we grow in recovery, so will our understanding.  We’ll begin to see that the only limits to God’s love and grace are those we impose by refusing to step out of the way.  The loving God we come to believe in is infinite, and the power and love we find in our belief is shared by nearly every recovering addict around the world.

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Just for today:  The God I am coming to understand has a limitless capacity for love and care.  I will trust that my God is bigger than any problem I may have.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #942 on: September 22, 2013, 04:32:53 PM »
 September 22 , 2013
   

Keeping the gift

“Life takes on a new meaning when we open ourselves to this gift.”

Basic Text, p. 107

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Neglecting our recovery is like neglecting any other gift we’ve been given.  Suppose someone gave you a new car.  Would you let it sit in the driveway until the tires rotted?  Would you just drive it, ignoring routine maintenance, until it expired on the road?  Of course not!  You would go to great lengths to maintain the condition of such a valuable gift.

Recovery is also a gift, and we have to care for it if we want to keep it.  While our recovery doesn’t come with an extended warranty, there is a routine maintenance schedule.  This maintenance includes regular meeting attendance and various forms of service.  We’ll have to do some daily cleaning—our Tenth Step—and, once in a while, a major Fourth Step overhaul will be required.  But if we maintain the gift of recovery, thanking the Giver each day, it will continue.

The gift of recovery is one that grows with the giving.  Unless we give it away, we can’t keep it.  But in sharing our recovery with others, we come to value it all the more.

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Just for today:  My recovery is a gift, and I want to keep it.  I’ll do the required maintenance, and I’ll share my recovery with others.

 

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #941 on: September 21, 2013, 01:37:13 PM »
 September 21
   

Prayer

“Prayer takes practice, and we should remind ourselves that skilled people were not born with their skills.”

Basic Text, p. 46

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Many of us came into recovery with no experience in prayer and worried about not knowing the “right words.”  Some of us remembered the words we’d learned in childhood but weren’t sure we believed in those words anymore.  Whatever our background, in recovery we struggled to find words that spoke truly from our hearts.

Often the first prayer we attempt is a simple request to our Higher Power asking for help in staying clean each day.  We may ask for guidance and courage or simply pray for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.  If we find ourselves stumbling in our prayers, we may ask other members to share with us about how they learned to pray.  No matter whether we pray in need or pray in joy, the important thing is to keep making the effort.

Our prayers will be shaped by our experience with the Twelve Steps and our personal understanding of a Higher Power.  As our relationship with that Higher Power develops, we become more comfortable with prayer.  In time, prayer becomes a source of strength and comfort.  We seek that source often and willingly.

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Just for today:  I know that prayer can be simple.  I will start where I am and practice.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #940 on: September 20, 2013, 03:40:26 PM »
 September 20 ,2013
   

Courage to change

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Serenity Prayer

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Recovery involves change, and change means doing things differently.  The problem is, many of us resist doing things differently; what we’re doing may not be working, but at least we’re familiar with it.  It takes courage to step out into the unknown.  How do we find that courage?

We can look around ourselves at NA meetings.  There, we see others who’ve found they needed to change what they were doing and who’ve done so successfully.  Not only does that help quiet our fear that change—any change—spells disaster, it also gives us the benefit of their experience with what does work, experience we can use in changing what doesn’t.

We can also look at our own recovery experience.  Even if that experience, so far, has been limited to stopping the use of drugs, still we have made many changes in our lives—changes for the good.  Whatever aspects of our lives we have applied the steps to, we have always found surrender better than denial, recovery superior to addiction.

Our own experience and the experience of others in NA tells us that “changing the things I can” is a big part of what recovery is all about.  The steps and the power to practice them give us the direction and courage we need to change.  We have nothing to fear.

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Just for today:  I welcome change.  With the help of my Higher Power, I will find the courage to change the things I can.

 

 

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