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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1016 on: January 11, 2014, 11:04:22 AM »

January 11 , 2014

Faith

“As we develop faith in our daily lives, we find that our Higher Power supplies us with the strength and guidance that we need.”

Basic Text, p. 94

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Some of us come into recovery very frightened and insecure.  We feel weak and alone.  We are uncertain of our direction and don’t know where to go for answers.  We are told that if we find some faith in a Power greater than ourselves, we will find security and guidance.  We want that feeling of safety and strength.  But faith doesn’t come overnight.  It takes time and effort to grow.

The seed is planted when we ask our Higher Power for help and then acknowledge the source of our help when it comes.  We nurture the tiny seed of faith with the sunlight of our prayers each day.  Our faith grows, a reward for living life on its own terms.  One day we realize our faith has become like a huge spreading tree; it doesn’t stop the storms of life, but we know that we are safe in its shelter.

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Just for today:  I know that faith in my Higher Power will not calm the storms of life, but it will calm my heart.  I will let my faith shelter me in times of trouble.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1015 on: January 10, 2014, 11:56:45 AM »
January 10 , 2014

Gratitude

“I’m very grateful to have come to believe.”

IP No. 21, The Loner

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Belief in a Higher Power can make all the difference when the going gets tough!  When things don’t go our way in recovery, our sponsor may direct us to make a “gratitude list.”  When we do, we should include our faith in a Power greater than ourselves on the list.  One of the greatest gifts we receive from the Twelve Steps is our belief in a God of our own understanding.

The Twelve Steps gently lead us toward a spiritual awakening.  Just as our addiction progressed, so does our spiritual life develop in the course of working the program of Narcotics Anonymous.  The steps are our path to a relationship with a God of our understanding.  This Higher Power gives us strength when our road gets rough.

Are we grateful for our deepening relationship with a Higher Power?  Do we remember to thank God for each day clean, no matter what has happened that day?  Do we remember that, no matter how deep our despair or how great our joy, the God of our understanding is with us?

Our recovery is a gift, a gift that we sometimes take for granted.  Each day we stay clean, we can rejoice in our Higher Power’s care.

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Just for today:  I am grateful for my relationship with a Higher Power that cares for me.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1014 on: January 09, 2014, 04:24:41 PM »
January 9 , 2014

Returning our sponsor’s kindness

“Our earliest involvements with others often begin with our sponsor.”

Basic Text, p. 57

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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.

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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: Just For Today
« Reply #1013 on: January 08, 2014, 01:48:18 PM »
January 8  2014

Growing up

“Our spiritual condition is the basis for a successful recovery that offers unlimited growth.”

Basic Text, p. 44

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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.

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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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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1012 on: January 07, 2014, 09:57:57 AM »

January 7  , 2014

“Recovery”

“Narcotics Anonymous offers addicts a program of recovery that is more than just a life without drugs.  Not only is this way of life better than the hell we lived, it is better than any life that we have ever known.”

Basic Text, p. 107

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Few of us have any interest in “recovering” what we had before we started using.  Many of us suffered severely from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.  Getting high and staying high seemed like the only possible way to cope with such abuse.  Others suffered in less noticeable but equally painful ways before addiction took hold.  We lacked direction and purpose.  We were spiritually empty.  We felt isolated, unable to empathize with others.  We had none of the things that give life its sense and value.  We took drugs in a vain attempt to fill the emptiness inside ourselves.  Most of us wouldn’t want to “recover” what we used to have.

Ultimately, the recovery we find in NA is something different: a chance at a new life.  We’ve been given tools to clear the wreckage from our lives.  We’ve been given support in courageously setting forth on a new path.  And we’ve been given the gift of conscious contact with a Power greater than ourselves, providing us with the inner strength and direction we so sorely lacked in the past.

Recovering?  Yes, in every way.  We’re recovering a whole new life, better than anything we ever dreamed possible.  We are grateful.

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Just for today:  I’ve recovered something I never had, something I never imagined possible: the life of a recovering addict.  Thank you, Higher Power, in more than words can say.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1011 on: January 03, 2014, 03:55:34 PM »

January 3 , 2014

Our greatest need

“We eventually redefine our beliefs and understanding to the point where we see that our greatest need is for knowledge of God’s will for us and the strength to carry that out.”

Basic Text, p. 48

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When we first arrived in NA, we had all kinds of ideas of what we needed.  Some of us set our sights on amassing personal possessions.  We thought recovery equaled outward success.  But recovery does not equal success.  Today, we believe that our greatest need is for spiritual guidance and strength.

The greatest damage done to us by our addiction was the damage done to our spirituality.  Our primary motivation was dictated by our disease: to get, to use, and to find ways and means to get more.  Enslaved by our overwhelming need for drugs, our lives lacked purpose and connection.  We were spiritually bankrupt.

Sooner or later, we realize that our greatest need in recovery is “for knowledge of God’s will for us and the strength to carry that out.”  There, we find the direction and sense of purpose our addiction had hidden from us.  In our God’s will we find freedom from self-will.  No longer driven only by our own needs, we are free to live with others on an equal footing.

There’s nothing wrong with outward success.  But without the spiritual connection offered by the NA program, our greatest need in recovery goes unmet, regardless of how “successful” we may be.

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Just for today:  I will seek the fulfillment of my greatest need: a vital, guiding connection with the God of my understanding.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1010 on: January 02, 2014, 10:23:24 AM »
January 2 , 2014

Take a deep breath and talk to God

“Sometimes when we pray, a remarkable thing happens:  We find the means, ways, and energies to perform tasks far beyond our capacities.”

Basic Text, p. 46

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Coping successfully with life’s minor annoyances and frustrations is sometimes the most difficult skill we have to learn in recovery.  We are faced with small inconveniences daily.  From untangling the knots in our children’s shoelaces to standing in line at the market, our days are filled with minor difficulties that we must somehow deal with.

If we’re not careful, we may find ourselves dealing with these difficulties by bullying our way through each problem or grinding our teeth while giving ourselves a stern lecture about how we should handle them.  These are extreme examples of poor coping skills, but even if we’re not this bad, there’s probably room for improvement.

Each time life presents us with another little setback to our daily plans, we can simply take a deep breath and talk to the God of our understanding.  Knowing we can draw patience, tolerance, or whatever we need from that Power, we find ourselves coping better and smiling more often.

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Just for today:  I will take a deep breath and talk to my God whenever I feel frustrated.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1009 on: December 31, 2013, 12:48:38 PM »

December 31  , 2013

Being of service

“Working with others is only the beginning of service work.”

Basic Text, p. 59

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We’re in recovery now.  Through living the program, we’ve attained some stability in our lives.  Our faith in a Higher Power has grown.  Our individual spiritual awakening is progressing comfortably.  So now what?  Do we simply sit still and enjoy?  Of course not.  We find a way to be of service.

We tend to think of service only in terms of committee service or holding a position at some level, but service goes far beyond this understanding.  In fact, we can find opportunities to be of service in nearly every area of our lives.  Our jobs are a form of service to our communities, no matter what our occupation.  The work we do in our homes serves our families.  Perhaps we do volunteer work in our communities.

What a difference our service efforts make!  If we doubt this, we can just imagine what the world would be like if no one bothered to be of service to others.  Our work serves humanity.  The message we carry goes beyond the rooms of recovery, affecting everything we do.

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Just for today:  I will look for opportunities to be of service in everything I do.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1008 on: December 30, 2013, 01:32:26 PM »

December 30  , 2013

Action and prayer

“...growth is not the result of wishing but of action and prayer.”

Basic Text, p. 37

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Sometimes it seems as if our recovery is growing much too slowly.  We struggle with the steps; we wrestle with the same problems; we labor under the same uncomfortable feelings day after day.  We wish that recovery would move a little faster so we could find some comfort!

Wishing doesn’t work in recovery; this isn’t a program of magic.  If wishes cured addiction, we all would have been well long ago!  What does give us relief in recovery is action and prayer.

Narcotics Anonymous has worked for so many addicts because it is a carefully designed program of action and prayer.  The actions we undertake in each of the steps bring more and more recovery to each area of our lives.  And prayer keeps us connected to our Higher Power.  Together, action and prayer keep us well-grounded in recovery.

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Just for today:  My recovery is too precious to just wish about it.  Today is a good day for action and prayer.

 

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1007 on: December 29, 2013, 08:43:13 AM »

December 29 , 2013

Through others’ eyes

“When someone points out a shortcoming, our first reaction may be defensive....  [But] if we truly want to be free, we will take a good look at input from fellow addicts.”

Basic Text, p. 36

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At some point in our recovery, we come to the awkward realization that the way we see ourselves is not necessarily the way others do.  We are probably neither as bad, as good, as beautiful, nor as ugly as we think we are—but we are too close to ourselves to really tell for sure.  That’s where our friends in the program come in, caring enough to share with us what they see when they look in our direction.  They tell us the good things about ourselves we might not know—and they tell us the hard things, too, that we might not be able to see.

We may react defensively to such “help”—and, in some cases, justly so.  However, even malicious remarks about our supposed shortcomings can shed light on aspects of our recovery that we cannot see ourselves.  Wherever a useful insight comes from, for whatever reason it is offered, we cannot afford to discount it.

We don’t need to wait for others to spontaneously offer their insight.  When we spend time with our sponsor or other NA members we trust, we can make the first move and ask them to tell us what they see about particular areas of our lives to which we are blind.  We want a broader vision of our life than just our own; we can have that vision by seeing ourselves through the eyes of others.

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Just for today:  I seek to see myself as I truly am.  I will listen to what others say about me, and see myself through their eyes.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1006 on: December 28, 2013, 02:42:41 PM »
December 28 , 2013

Depression

“We are no longer fighting fear, anger, guilt, self-pity, or depression.”

Basic Text, p. 27

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As addicts, many of us experience depression from time to time.  When we feel depressed, we may be tempted to isolate ourselves.  However, if we do this, our depression may turn to despair.  We can’t afford to let depression lead us back to using.

Instead, we try to go about the routine of our lives.  We make meeting attendance and contact with our sponsor top priorities.  Sharing with others about our feelings may let us know we aren’t the only ones who have been depressed in recovery.  Working with a newcomer can work wonders for our own state of mind.  And, most importantly, prayer and meditation can help us tap the power we need to survive depression.

We practice acceptance and remember that feelings like depression will unquestionably pass in time.  Rather than struggle with our feelings, we accept them and ask for the strength to walk through them.

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Just for today:  I accept that my feelings of depression won’t last forever.  I will talk openly about my feelings with my sponsor or another person who understands.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1005 on: December 26, 2013, 03:44:12 PM »
December 26 , 2013

Never-failing Power

“As we learn to trust this Power, we begin to overcome our fear of life.”

Basic Text, p. 25

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We are people accustomed to placing all our eggs in one basket.  Many of us had one particular drug of choice that was our favorite.  We relied on it to get us through each day and make life bearable.  We were faithful to that drug; in fact, we committed ourselves to it without reservation.  And then it turned on us.  We had been betrayed by the only thing we had ever depended on, and the betrayal left us floundering.

Now that we’ve stumbled into the rooms of recovery, we may be tempted to rely on another human being to meet our needs.  We may expect this from our sponsor, our lover, or our best friend.  But dependence on human beings is risky.  They fall short of perfection.  They may be on vacation, sleeping, or in a bad mood when we need them.

Our dependence must rest on a Power greater than ourselves.  No human force can restore our sanity, care for our will and our lives, or be unconditionally available and loving whenever we are in need.  We place our trust in the God of our understanding, for only that Power will never fail us.

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Just for today:  I will place my trust in a Power greater than myself, for only that Power will never let me down.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1004 on: December 25, 2013, 09:28:28 AM »
December 25 , 2013

Anonymity and self-will

“The drive for personal gain... which brought so much pain in the past falls by the wayside if we adhere to the principle of anonymity.”

Basic Text, p. 76

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The word anonymity itself means namelessness, but there’s a larger principle at work in the anonymity of the NA program: the principle of selflessness.  When we admit our powerlessness to manage our own lives, we take our first step away from self-will and our first step toward selflessness.  The less we try to run our lives on self-will, the more we find the power and direction once so sorely lacking in our lives.

But the principle of selflessness does a lot more than just make us feel better—it helps us live better.  Our ideas of how the world should be run begin to lose their importance, and we stop trying to impose our will on everyone and everything around us.  And when we abandon our “know-it-all” pretensions and start recognizing the value of other people’s experience, we start treating them with respect.  The interests of others become as important to us as our own; we start to think about what’s best for the group, rather than just what’s best for us.  We start living a life that’s bigger than we are, that’s more than just us, our name, ourself—we start living the principle of anonymity.

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Just for today:  God, please free me from self-will.  Help me understand the principle of anonymity; help me to live selflessly.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1003 on: December 23, 2013, 10:09:52 AM »
December 23 , 2013

New ideas

“We reevaluate our old ideas so we can become acquainted with the new ideas that lead to a new way of life.”

Basic Text, p. 94

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Learning to live a new way of life can be difficult.  Sometimes, when the going gets especially hard, we’re tempted to follow the path of least resistance and live by our old ideas again.  We forget that our old ideas were killing us.  To live a new way of life, we need to open our minds to new ideas.

Working the steps, attending meetings, sharing with others, trusting a sponsor—these suggestions may meet our resistance, even our rebellion.  The NA program requires effort, but each step in the program brings us closer to becoming the kinds of people we truly want to be.  We want to change, to grow, to become something more than we are today.  To do that, we open our minds, try on the new ideas we’ve found in NA, and learn to live a new way of life.

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Just for today:  I will open my mind to new ideas and learn to live my life in a new way.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1002 on: December 22, 2013, 10:11:31 AM »
December 22  , 2013

A new way to live

“When at the end of the road we find that we can no longer function as a human being, either with or without drugs, we all face the same dilemma....  Either go on as best we can to the bitter ends—jails, institutions, or death—or find a new way to live.”

Basic Text, p. 87

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What was the worst aspect of active addiction?  For many of us, it wasn’t the chance that we might die some day of our disease.  The worst part was the living death we experienced every day, the never-ending meaninglessness of life.  We felt like walking ghosts, not living, loving parts of the world around us.

In recovery, we’ve come to believe that we’re here for a reason: to love ourselves and to love others.  In working the Twelve Steps, we have learned to accept ourselves.  With that self-acceptance has come self-respect.  We have seen that everything we do has an effect on others; we are a part of the lives of those around us, and they of ours.  We’ve begun to trust other people and to acknowledge our responsibility to them.

In recovery, we’ve come back to life.  We maintain our new lives by contributing to the welfare of others and seeking each day to do that better—that’s where the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Steps come in.  The days of living like a ghost are past, but only so long as we actively seek to be healthy, loving, contributing parts of our own lives and the lives of others around us.

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Just for today:  I have found a new way to live.  Today, I will seek to serve others with love and to love myself.

 

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