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  • Suzy :) Just for today

    NA Just For Today

    Not Perfect

    “We are not going to be perfect. If we were perfect, we would not be human.”

    Basic Text p. 30
    All of us had expectations about life in recovery. Some of us thought recovery would suddenly make us employable or able to do anything in the world we wanted to do. Or maybe we imagined perfect ease in our interactions with others. When we stop and think, we realize that we expected recovery would make us perfect. We didn’t expect to continue making many mistakes. But we do. That’s not the addict side of us showing through; that’s being human.

    In Narcotics Anonymous we strive for recovery, not perfection. The only promise we are given is freedom from active addiction. Perfection is not an attainable state for human beings; it’s not a realistic goal. What we often seek in perfection is freedom from the discomfort of making mistakes. In return for that freedom from discomfort, we trade our curiosity, our flexibility, and the room to grow.

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    A better way than judging people is to look for all the good you can find in them. If you
    look hard enough and long enough, you ought to be able to find some good somewhere in
    every person. In A.A. I learned that my job was to try to bring out the good, not criticize
    the bad. Every alcoholic is used to being judged and criticized. That has never helped
    anyone get sober. In A.A. we tell people they can change. We try to bring out the best in
    them. We encourage their good points and ignore their bad points as much as possible.
    People are not converted by criticism. Do I look for the good in people?

    Meditation For The Day

    There must be a design for the world in the mind of God. We can believe that His design
    for the world is a universal brotherhood of men and women under the fatherhood of God.
    The plan for your life must also be in the mind of God. In times of quiet meditation you
    can seek for God’s guidance, for the revealing of God’s plan for your day. Then you can
    live this day according to that guidance. Many people are not making of their lives what
    God meant them to be, and so they are unhappy. They have missed the design for their
    lives.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may try to follow God’s design for today. I pray that I may have the sense of
    Divine Intent in what I do today.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition

    MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM

    Fred is a partner in a well known accounting firm. His income is good, he has a fine home, is happily married and the father of promising children of college age. He has so attractive a personality that he makes friends with everyone. If ever there was a successful business man, it is Fred. To all appearance he is a stable, well balanced individual. Yet, he is alcoholic. We first saw Fred about a year ago in a hospital where he had gone to recover from a bad case of jitters. It was his first experience of this kind, and he was much ashamed of it. Far from admitting he was an alcoholic , he told himself he came to the hospital to rest his nerves. The doctor intimated strongly that he might be worse than he realized. For a few days he was depressed about his condition. He made up his mind to quit drinking altogether. It never occurred to him that perhaps he could not do so, in spite of his character and standing. Fred would not believe himself an alcoholic, much less accept a spiritual remedy for his problem. We told him what we knew about alcoholism. He was interested and conceded that he had some of the symptoms, but he was a long way from admitting that he could do nothing about it himself. He was positive that this humiliating experience, plus the knowledge he had acquired, would keep him sober the rest of his life. Self-knowledge would fix it.

    pp. 39-40

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    I am less sensitive and my feelings are less easily hurt. I no longer take myself so
    seriously. It didn’t use to take much to insult me, to feel that I had been slighted or
    left on the outside. What happens to me now is not so important. One cause of our
    drinking was because we couldn’t take it, so we escaped the unpleasant situation. We
    have learned to take it on the chin if necessary and smile. When I am all wrapped
    up in A.A., I do not notice the personal slights so much. They do not seem to matter so
    much. I have learned to laugh at self-pity, because it’s so childish. Am I less sensitive?

    Meditation For The Day

    God’s miracle-working power is as manifest today as it was in the past. It still works
    miracles of change in lives and miracles of healing in twisted minds. When a person
    trusts wholly in God and leaves to Him the choosing of the day and hour, there is
    God’s miracle-working power becoming manifest in that person’s life. So we can
    trust in God and have boundless faith in His power to make us whole again,
    whenever He chooses.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may be sure that there is nothing that God cannot accomplish in
    changing my life. I pray that I may have faith in His miracle-working power.

  • November 18

    Daily Reflections

    A SAFETY NET

    Occasionally. . . We are seized with a rebellion so sickening that we
    simply won’t pray. When these things happen we should not think too
    ill of ourselves. We should simply resume prayer as soon as we can,
    doing what we know to be good for us.
    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 105

    Sometimes I scream, stomp my feet, and turn my back on my Higher
    Power. Then my disease tells me that I am a failure, and that if I stay
    angry I’ll surely get drunk. In those moments of self-will it’s as if I’ve
    slipped over a cliff and am hanging by one hand. The above passage
    is my safety net, in that it urges me to try some new behavior, such as
    being kind and patient with myself. It assures me that my Higher
    Power will wait until I am willing once again to risk letting go, to land
    in the net, and to pray.

  • NA Just For Today

    Self-discovery

    “The Tenth Step can help us correct our living problems and prevent their recurrence.”
    Basic Text p. 41

    Our identities, how we think and feel, have been shaped by our experiences. Some of our experiences have made us better people; others have caused us shame or embarrassment; all of them have influenced who we are today. We can take advantage of the knowledge gained in examining our mistakes, using this wisdom to guide the decisions we’ll make today.

    Acceptance of ourselves means accepting all aspects of ourselves – our assets, our defects, our successes, and our failures. Shame and guilt left unaddressed can paralyze us, preventing us from moving forward in our lives. Some of the most meaningful amends we can make for the mistakes of our past are made simply by acting differently today. We strive for improvement and measure our success by comparing who we used to be with who we are now.

    Being human, we will continue making mistakes; however, we need not make the same ones over and over again. By looking over our past and realizing that we have changed and grown, we’ll find hope for the future. The best is yet to come.

  • November 23

    Daily Reflections

    HOLD YOUR FACE TO THE LIGHT

    Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the
    Light, even though for the moment you do not see.
    AS BILL SEES IT, p. 3

    One Sunday in October, during my morning meditation,
    I glanced out the window at the ash tree in our
    front yard. At once I was overwhelmed by its
    magnificent, golden color! As I stared in awe at
    God’s work of art, the leaves began to fall and,
    within minutes, the branches were bare. Sadness
    came over me as I thought of the winter months
    ahead, but just as I was reflecting on autumn’s
    annual process, God’s message came through. Like
    the trees, stripped of their leaves in the fall,
    sprout new blossoms in the spring, I had had my
    compulsive, selfish ways removed by God in order
    for me to blossom into a sober, joyful member of
    A.A. Thank you, God, for the changing seasons and
    for my ever-changing life.

  • Keep It Simple

    Let me listen to me and not to them. —Gertrude Stein
    Often we try to please everyone around us. But this may not make us happy, and so we get angry.
    We feel taken advantage of.
    We may be kind to others, but first we must love ourselves. How? By learning to listen to ourselves. To our dreams. To our higher power. By doing this we’ll be more happy. And those around us will probably be more happy too.
    As our AA medallions say, “To Thine Own Self Be True.”
    Prayer for the Day: I pray that I’ll listen to that gentle, loving voice inside me. Higher Power, help me make me make my “conscious contact” with You better.
    Action for the Day: I will write down why I need to be true to myself.

  • California Colin :)

    NA Just For Today

    God’s Will

    “The relief of ‘letting go and letting God’ helps us develop a life that is worth living.”
    Basic Text pg. 26

    In our addiction, we were afraid of what might happen if we didn’t control everything around us. Many of us made up elaborate lies to protect our use of drugs. Some of us manipulated everyone around us in a frenzied attempt to get something from them so we could use more drugs. A few of us went to great lengths to keep two people from talking to each other and perhaps discovering our trail of lies. We took pains to maintain an illusion of control over our addiction and our lives. In the process, we kept ourselves from experiencing the serenity that comes with surrender to a Higher Power’s will.

    In our recovery, it is important to release our illusion of control and surrender to a Higher Power, whose will for us is better than anything we can con, manipulate, or devise for ourselves. If we realize that we are trying to control outcomes and are feeling afraid of the future, there is action we can take to reverse that trend. We go to our Second and Third Steps and look at what we have come to believe about a Higher Power. Do we truly believe that this Power can care for us and restore us to sanity? If so, we can live with all of life’s ups and downs – its disappointments, its sorrows, its wonders, and its joys.

    Just for today: I will surrender and let a Higher Power’s will happen in my life. I will accept the gift of serenity this surrender brings.

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