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12 Step Spiritual Readings October

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NA Just For Today

Not just a motivation for growth
Page 287

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

Basic Text, p.30

“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.

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.

01/10/2021 12 Step Spiritual Reading

Comments (43)

  • October 6

    Daily Reflections

    FACING OURSELVES

    . . . . and Fear says, “You dare not look!”
    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 49

    How often I avoided a task in my drinking days,
    just because it appeared so large! Is it any wonder
    even if I have been sober for some time, that I will
    act that same way when faced with what appears to be
    a monumental job, such as a searching and fearless
    moral inventory of myself? What I discover after I
    have arrived at the other side–when my inventory is
    completed–is that the illusion was greater than the
    reality. The fear of facing myself kept me at a
    standstill and, until I became willing to put pencil
    to paper, I was arresting my growth based on an
    intangible.

  • Suzy :) Just for today

    NA Just For Today

    Amends Without Expectations

    “Projections about actually making amends can be a major obstacle both in making the list and in becoming willing.” Basic Text p.38

    The Eighth Step asks us to become willing to make amends to all persons we have harmed. As we approach this step, we may wonder what the outcome of our amends will be. Will we be forgiven? Relieved of any lingering guilt? Or will we be tarred and feathered by the persons we’ve harmed?

    Our tendency to seek forgiveness must be surrendered if we expect to receive the spiritual benefits of the Eighth and Ninth Steps. If we approach these steps expecting anything, we’re likely to be very disappointed with the results. We want to ask ourselves if we are pinning our hopes on gaining the forgiveness of the person to whom we are making amends. Or maybe we’re hoping we’ll be excused from our debts by some sympathetic creditor moved to tears by our hard-luck story.

    We need to be willing to make our amends regardless of the outcome. We can plan the amends, but we can’t plan the results. Although we may not be granted a full pardon by everyone to whom we owe amends, we will learn to forgive ourselves. In the process, we will find that we no longer have to carry the burdens of the past.

    Just for today: I will let go of any expectations I have on the people to whom I owe amends.

    pg. 292

  • Each Day a New Beginning

    There is a divine plan of good at work in my life. I will let go and let it unfold.
    –Ruth P. Freedman
    We are never certain of the full importance or the eventual impact of any single
    event in our lives. But of one thing we can be sure: Each experience offers something
    valuable to our overall development. We must not discount the experiences that are
    long gone. They contributed to all we’ve achieved at the present. And wherever today
    takes us will influence what tomorrow will bring.
    Perhaps our greatest difficulty as recovering women is not trusting that life is a process
    and one that promises goodness. That growth and change are guaranteed. That our lives
    have design, and we’re blessed therein. Trusting isn’t easy. But we can learn, and we’ll
    discover freedom.
    Letting go of the outcome of every experience, focusing instead on our efforts, making them
    as good as possible, validates our trust in the ultimate goodness of life. Our frustrations diminish
    when our efforts, only, are our concern. How much easier our days go when we do our work and
    leave the outcome where it belongs.
    I will know a new freedom when I let go and trust that “my plan” is unfolding as it must. I will
    do my part, and no more.

  • Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

    Step Four – “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”

    Step Four is our vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what these liabilities in each of us have been, and are. We want to find exactly how, when, and where our natural desires have warped us. We wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and ourselves. By discovering what our emotional deformities are, we can move toward their correction. Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for us. Without a searching and fearless moral inventory, most of us have found that the faith which really works in daily living is still out of reach.

    pp. 42-43

    Today I am doing the work 🙂

  • Suzy :) Just for today

    NA Just For Today

    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. 75

    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.

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

    pg. 294

  • A Day At A Time

    Reflection For The Day

    Determination — our clenched-jaw resolve that we can do something about everything — is perhaps the greatest hindrance to achieving serenity. Our old tapes tell us, “The difficult can be done immediately; the impossible will take a little longer.” So we tighten up and prepare ourselves for battle, even though we know from long experience that our own will dooms us in advance to failure. Over and over we are told in The Program that we must “Let Go and Let God.” And we eventually do find serenity when we put aside our own will while accepting His will for us. Am I learning to relax my stubborn grip? Do I allow the solutions to unfold by themselves?

    Today I Pray

    May I loosen my tight-jaw, my tight-fists, my general up-tightness — outward indications of the “do it myself” syndrome which has gotten me into trouble before. May I know from experience that this attitude — of “keep a grip on yourself” and on everybody else, too — is accompanied by impatience and followed by frustration. May I merge my own will with the greater will of God.

    Today I Will Remember

    Let up on the strangle-hold.

  • October 8

    Daily Reflections

    DAILY INVENTORY

    . . . . and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
    ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 59

    I was beginning to approach my new life of sobriety with
    unaccustomed enthusiasm. New friends were cropping up
    and some of my battered friendships had begun to be
    repaired. Life was exciting, and I even began to enjoy my
    work, becoming so bold as to issue a report on the lack
    of proper care for some of our clients. One day a co-worker
    informed me that my boss was really sore because a complaint,
    submitted over his head, had caused him much discomfort at
    the hands of his superiors. I knew that my report had created
    the problem, and began to feel responsible for my boss’s
    difficulty. In discussing the affair, my co-worker tried to
    reassure me that an apology was not necessary, but I soon
    became convinced that I had to do something, regardless of how
    it might turn out. When I approached my boss and owned up to
    my hand in his difficulties, he was surprised. But unexpected
    things came out of our encounter, and my boss and I were able
    to agree to interact more directly and effectively in the future.

  • Keep It Simple

    Just Say No.— Nancy Reagan
    We addicts were great at saying no. Our spouse asked us to help around the house
    and we said no and went drinking. Friends tried to care, but we said, “No, mind your

    own business!” Our parents or our kids begged us to stop drinking, but we said no.
    We were also ask to say yes. We always said yes when asked if we wanted to have
    a drink or get high. Addiction really mixed us up. When we said no, we should have
    said yes. And when we said yes we should have said no.
    In recovery, we do things better. We say yes when others ask for help. We say yes
    when somebody wants to give us love. We say no to alcohol and other drugs. We
    finally answer yes and no the right way—the right way and at the right time for us.
    Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me to always say yes to You, even when
    I’m tired or angry.
    Action for the Day: In today’s inventory, I’ll ask myself if there are any ways I’m
    still saying no to my program and Higher Power.

  • Lukas (Netherlands)

    Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    There is such a thing as being too loyal to any one group.
    Do I feel put out when another group starts and some members
    of my group leave it and branch out into new territory? Or do
    I send them out with my blessing? Do I visit that new offshoot
    group and help it along? Or do I sulk in my own tent? A.A.
    grows by the starting of new groups all the time. I must
    realize that it’s a good thing for a large group to split up
    into smaller ones, even it if means that the large group
    –my own group–becomes smaller. Am I always ready to help
    new groups?

    Meditation For The Day

    Pray–and keep praying until it brings peace and serenity and
    a feeling of communion with One who is near and ready to help.
    The thought of God is balm for our hates and fears. In praying
    to God, we find healing for hurt feelings and resentments. In
    thinking of God, doubts and fears leave us. Instead of those
    doubts and fears, there will flow into our hearts such faith
    and love as is beyond the power of material things to give, and
    such peace as the world can neither give nor take away. And with
    God, we can have the tolerance to live and let live.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may have true tolerance and understanding.
    I pray that I may keep striving for these difficult things.

  • California Colin :)

    Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    Am I willing to be bored sometimes at meetings? Am I willing to listen to much repetition
    of A.A. principles? Am I willing to hear the same thing over and over again? Am I willing
    to listen to a long blow by blow personal story, because it might help some new member?
    Am I willing to sit quietly and listen to long-winded members go into every detail of their
    past? Am I willing to take it, because it is doing them good to get it off their chest? My
    feelings are not too important. The good of A.A. comes first, even if it is not always
    comfortable for me. Have I learned to take it?

    Meditation For The Day

    God would draw us all closer to Him in the bonds of the spirit. He would have all people
    drawn closer to each other in the bonds of the spirit. God, the great Spirit of the universe,
    of which each of our own spirits is a small part, must want unity between Himself and all
    His children. “Unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace.” Each experience of our life, of
    joy, of sorrow, of danger, of safety, of difficulty, of success, of hardship, of ease, each
    should be accepted as part of our common lot, in the bonds of the spirit.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may welcome the bonds of true fellowship. I pray that I may be brought
    closer to unity with God and other people.

    09/10

  • NA Just For Today

    Order

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

    Basic Text p. 93

    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.

    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.

    pg. 295

  • October 11

    Daily Reflections

    SELF–RESTRAINT

    Our first objective will be the development of self-restraint.
    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 91

    My drive to work provides me with an opportunity for self-examination.
    One day while making this trip, I began to review my progress in
    sobriety, and was not happy with what I saw. I hoped that, as the
    work day progressed, I would forget these troublesome thoughts,
    but as one disappointment after another kept coming, my discontent
    only increased, and the pressures within me kept mounting. I
    retreated to an isolated table in the lounge, and asked myself
    how I could make the most of the rest of the day. In the past,
    when things went wrong, I instinctively wanted to fight back.
    But during the short time I had been trying to live the A.A.
    program I had learned to step back and take a look at myself.
    I recognized that, although I was not the person I wanted to be,
    I had learned to not react in my old ways. Those old patterns of
    behavior only brought sorrow and hurt, to me and to others. I
    returned to my work station, determined to make the day a
    productive one, thanking God for the chance to make progress
    that day.

  • Suzy :) Just for today

    Narcotics Anonymous Just For Today

    Eyeglasses And Attitudes

    “Our best thinking got us into trouble…. Recovery is an active change in our ideas and attitudes.”

    Basic Text p.53

    In active addiction, the world probably looked like a horrible place. Using helped us tolerate the world we saw. Today, however, we understand that the world’s condition wasn’t really the problem. It was our ideas and attitudes about the world that made it impossible for us to find a comfortable place in it.

    Our attitudes and our ideas are the eyeglasses through which we see our lives. If our “glasses” are smudged or dirty, our lives look dim. If our attitudes aren’t well focused, the whole world appears distorted. To see the world clearly, we need to keep our attitudes and ideas clean, free of things like resentment, denial, self-pity, and closed-mindedness. To insure our vision of life is in focus, we have to bring our ideas in line with reality.

    In addiction, our best thinking kept us from clearly seeing either the world or our part in it. Recovery serves to correct the prescriptions in our attitudinal eyewear. By stripping away our denial and replacing it with faith, self-honesty, humility, and responsibility, the steps help us see our lives in a whole new way. Then the steps help us keep our spiritual lenses clean, encouraging us to regularly examine our ideas our attitudes, and our actions.

    Today, seen through the clean lenses of faith and recovery the world looks like a warm, inviting place to live.

    Just for today: I will view the world and my life through the clean spiritual lenses of my program.

    pg. 297

  • California Colin :)

    Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition – Stories

    Student Of Life

    Living at home with her parents, she tried using willpower to beat the obsession to drink. But it wasn’t until she met another alcoholic and went to an A.A. meeting that sobriety took hold.

    I attempted to “drink right” for the next eight years. My progression was phenomenal; there is absolutely no period in my drinking career that can be described as social drinking. I blacked out almost every time I put alcohol in my system, but I decided I could live with that; it was a small price to pay for the power and confidence alcohol gave me. After drinking for less than six months, I was almost a daily drinker.

    pp. 320-321

  • As Bill Sees It

    INSTINCTS RUN WILD, p. 282

    Every time a person imposes his instincts unreasonably upon others,
    unhappiness follows. If the pursuit of wealth tramples upon people who
    happen to be in the way, then anger, jealousy, and revenge are likely
    to be aroused. If sex runs riot, there is similar uproar.

    Demands made upon other people for too much attention, protection,
    and love can invite only domination or revulsion in the protectors
    themselves-two emotions quite as unhealthy as the demands
    which evoked them. When an individual’s desire for prestige
    becomes uncontrollable, whether in the sewing circle or at the
    international conference table, other people suffer and often
    revolt. This collision of instincts can produce anything from a cold snub
    to a blazing revolution.

    TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 44

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    Am I still on a “free ride” in A.A.? Am I all get and no give? Do I go to meetings and
    always sit in the back row and let others do all the work? Do I think it’s enough just
    because I’m sober and can rest on my laurels? If so, I haven’t gone very far in the
    program, nor am I getting nearly enough of what it has to offer. I will be a weak member
    until I get in there and help carry the load. I must eventually get off the bench and get
    into the game. I’m not just a spectator; I’m supposed to be one of the team. Do I go in
    there and carry the ball?

    Meditation For The Day

    Try to be thankful for whatever vision you have. Try to perform, in the little things,
    faithful service to God and others. Do your small part every day in a spirit of service to
    God. Be a doer of God’s word, not a hearer only. In your daily life try to keep faith with
    God. Every day brings a new opportunity to be of some use. Even when you are tempted
    to rest or let things go or to evade the issue, make it a habit to meet the issue squarely as
    a challenge and not to hold back.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may perform each task faithfully. I pray that I may meet each issue of life
    squarely and not hold back.

  • Daily Inspiration

    Think good and wise thoughts over and over again until you make them your own. Lord, You have given me a strong foundation and the strength to stand firm for what I believe.

    Never make the mistake of taking more credit than is due or less credit than you are worth. Lord, You have created me in Your image. Therefore, I am goodness and with You can accomplish great things.

    ************************************************** *********

    NA Just For Today

    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. 56

    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.

    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.

    pg. 298

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    A.A. work is one hundred percent voluntary. It depends on each
    and every one of our members to volunteer to do his or her share.
    Newcomers can sit on the sidelines until they have got over their
    nervousness and confusion. They have a right to be helped by all,
    until they can stand on their own feet. But the time inevitably
    comes when they have to speak up and volunteer to do their share
    in meetings and in twelfth step work. Until that time comes, they
    are not a vital part of A.A. They are only in the process of being
    assimilated. Has my time come to volunteer?

    Meditation For The Day

    God’s kingdom on earth is growing slowly, like a seed in the
    ground. In the growth of his kingdom there is always progress
    among the few who are out ahead of the crowd. Keep striving for
    something better and there can be no stagnation in your life.
    Eternal life, abundant life is yours for the seeking. Do not
    mis-spend time over past failures. Count the lessons earned
    from failures as rungs upon the ladder of progress. Press onward
    toward the goal.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may be willing to grow. I pray that I may keep
    stepping up on the rungs of the ladder of life.

  • NA Just For Today

    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. 100

    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.

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

    pg. 299

  • Davey saying hi and this one gets me :)

    October 13

    Daily Reflections

    UNREMITTING INVENTORIES

    Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment,
    and fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove
    them. We discuss them with someone immediately and make
    amends quickly if we have harmed anyone. Then we resolutely
    turn our thoughts to someone we can help.
    ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84

    The immediate admission of wrong thoughts or actions is a
    tough task for most human beings, but for recovering alcoholics
    like me it is difficult because of my propensity toward ego,
    fear and pride. The freedom the A.A. program offers me becomes
    more abundant when, through unremitting inventories of myself,
    I admit, acknowledge and accept responsibility for my wrong-doing.
    It is possible then for me to grow into a deeper and better
    understanding of humility. My willingness to admit when the
    fault is mine facilitates the progression of my growth and helps
    me to become more understanding and helpful to others.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition

    Chapter 11 – A Vision For You

    His call to the clergyman led him presently to a certain resident of the town, who, though formerly able and respected, was then nearing the nadir of alcoholic despair. It was the usual situation; home in jeopardy, wife ill, children distracted, bills in arrears and standing damaged. He had a desperate desire to stop, but saw no way out, for he had earnestly tried many avenues of escape. Painfully aware of being somehow abnormal, the man did not fully realize what it meant to be alcoholic.*

    * This refers to Bill’s first visit with Dr. Bob. These men later became co-founders of A.A. Bill’s story opens the text of this book; Dr. Bob’s heads the Story Section.

    p. 155

  • wenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    Am I deeply grateful to A.A. for what it has done for me in regaining my sobriety and
    opening up an entirely new life for me? A.A. has made it possible for me to take on other
    interests, in business and in various other associations with people. It has made a full life
    possible for me. It would perhaps be wrong if all my activities were limited to A.A. work.
    It has made a well rounded life possible for me in work, in play and in hobbies of various
    kinds. But will I desert A.A. because of this? Will I accept a diploma and become a
    graduate of A.A.? Do I realize I could have nothing worth while without A.A.?

    Meditation For The Day

    There is only one way to get full satisfaction from life and that is to live the way you
    believe God wants you to live. Live with God in that secret place of the spirit and you will

    have a feeling of being on the right road. You will have a deep sense of satisfaction. The
    world will have meaning and you will have a place in the world, work to do that counts in
    the eternal order of things. Many things will work for you and with you, as long as you
    feel you are on God’s side.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may have a sense of the eternal value of the work I do. I pray that I may not
    only work for now, but also for eternity.

  • Suzy :) Just for today

    NA Just For Today

    Choices

    “We did not choose to become addicts.”

    Basic Text p. 3

    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.

    Just for today: I choose recovery.

    pg. 301

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    Have I got over most of my sensitiveness, my feelings which are too easily hurt, and my
    just plain laziness and self-satisfaction? Am I willing to go all out for A.A. at no matter what
    cost to my precious self? Is my own comfort more important to me than doing the things
    that need to be done? Have I got to the point where what happens to me is not so
    important? Can I face up to things that are embarrassing or uncomfortable if they are
    the right things to do for the good of A.A.? Have I given A.A. just a small piece of myself?
    Am I willing to give all of myself whenever necessary?

    Meditation For The Day

    Not until you have failed can you learn true humility. Humility arises from a deep sense of
    gratitude to God for giving you the strength to rise above past failures. Humility is not
    inconsistent with self-respect. The true person has self-respect and the respect of others
    and yet is humble. The humble person is tolerant of other’s failings, and does not have a
    critical attitude toward the foibles of others. Humble people are hard on themselves and
    easy on others.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may be truly humble and yet have self-respect. I pray that I may see the good
    in myself as well as the bad.

  • NA Just For Today

    We All Belong

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

    Basic Text, p.84

    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 that 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.

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

    pg. 304

  • A Day At A Time

    Reflection For The Day

    Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the rewards that would be mine when I first contemplated turning my life and will over to the care of God as I understand Him. Now I can rejoice in the blessing of my own recovery, as well as the recoveries of countless others who have found hope and a new way of life in The Program. After all the years of waste and terror, I realize today that God has always been on my side and at my side. Isn’t my clearer understanding of God’s will one of the best things that has happened to me?

    Today I Pray

    May I be thankful for the blessed contrast between the way my life used to be (Part 1) and the way it is now (Part II). In Part I, I was the practicing addict, adrift among my fears and delusions. In Part II, I am the recovering addict, rediscovering my emotions, accepting my responsibilities, learning what the real world has to offer, growing close to my Higher Power. Without the contrast, I could never feel the joy I know today or sense the peaceful nearness of my Higher Power.

    Today I Will Remember

    I am grateful for such contrast.

  • October 18

    Daily Reflections

    AN OPEN MIND

    True humility and an open mind can lead us to faith . . .
    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 33

    My alcoholic thinking led me to believe that I could control my drinking, but I couldn’t.
    When I came to A.A., I realized that God was speaking to me through my group. My mind
    was open just enough to know that I needed His help. A real, honest acceptance of A.A.
    took more time, but with it came humility. I know how insane I was, and I am extremely grateful
    to have my sanity restored to me and to be a sober alcoholic. The new, sober me is a much
    better person than I ever could have been without A.A.

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    Do I realize that I do not know how much time I have left? It may be later than I think.
    Am I going to do the things that I know I should do before my time runs out? By the way,
    what is my purpose for the rest of my life? Do I realize all I have to make up for in my
    past wasted life? Do I know that I am living on borrowed time and that I would not have
    even this much time left without A.A. and the grace of God? Am I going to make what
    time I have left count for A.A.?

    Meditation For The Day

    We can believe that somehow the cry of the human soul is never unheard by God. It may
    be that God hears the cry, even if we fail to notice God’s response to it. The human cry
    for help must always evoke a response of some sort from God. It may be that our failure
    to discern properly keeps us unaware of the response. But one thing we can believe is
    that the grace of God is always available for every human being who sincerely calls for
    help. Many changed lives are living proofs of this fact.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may trust God to answer my prayer as He sees fit. I pray that I may be
    content with whatever form that answer may take.

  • Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

    Step Four – “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”

    First off, they can be told that the majority of A.A. members have suffered severely from self-justification during their drinking days. For most of us, self-justification was the maker of excuses; excuses, of course, for drinking, and for all kinds of crazy and damaging conduct. We had made the invention of alibis a fine art. We had to drink because times were hard or times were good. We had to drink because at home we were smothered with love or got none at all. We had to drink because at work we were great successes or dismal failures. We had to drink because our nation had won a war or lost a peace. And so it went, ad infinitum.

    pp. 46-47

  • Suzy :) Just for today

    NA Just For Today

    Standing For Something

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

    Basic Text, p.85

    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.

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

    pg. 305

  • California Colin :)

    Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    Now that we have considered the obligations of real, working members of A.A., let us
    examine what the rewards are that have come to us as a result of our new way of living.
    First, I understand myself more than I ever did before. I have learned what was the
    matter with me and I know now a lot of what makes me tick. I will never be alone again. I
    am just one of many who have the illness of alcoholism and one of many who have learned
    what to do about it. I am not an odd fish or a square peg in a round hole. I seem to have
    found my right place in the world. Am I beginning to understand myself?

    Meditation For The Day

    “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice and open the door, I
    will come in to him and will remain with him and him with me.” The knocking of God’s
    spirit, asking to come into your life, is due to no merit of yours, though it is in response to
    the longing of your heart. Keep a listening ear, an ear bent to catch the sound of
    the gentle knocking at the door of your heart by the spirit of God. Then open the
    door of your heart and let God’s spirit come in.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may let God’s spirit come into my heart. I pray that it may fill me with an
    abiding peace.

  • Suzy :) Just for today

    NA Just For Today

    God’s Will Today

    “This decision demands continued acceptance, ever – increasing faith, and a daily commitment to recovery.”

    IP No.14, “One Addict’s Experience…”

    Sometimes, we really live the Third Step – and it’s great! We don’t regret the past, we aren’t afraid of the future, and we’re generally pleased with the present. Sometimes, though, we lose our vision of God’s will in our life.

    Many of us dream of erasing the mistakes of our past, but the past cannot be erased. Many of us are grateful this is so, for our past experiences have brought us to the recovery we enjoy today. By working the program, we can learn to accept the past and reconcile ourselves with it by amending our wrongs. Those same Twelve Steps can help eliminate our worries over the future. When we practice NA principles on a daily basis in all our affairs, we can leave the results up to our Higher Power.

    It seems as though our members with the strongest faith are the ones who are best able to live in the present moment. Enjoyment, appreciation, and gratitude for the quality of our lives – these are the results of faith in life itself. When we practice the principles of our program, today is the only day we need.

    Just for today: I will make the most of today, and trust that yesterday and tomorrow are in God’s care.

    pg. 307

  • October 22

    Daily Reflections

    TRUE TOLERANCE

    Finally, we begin to see that all people, including ourselves, are to some extent
    emotionally ill as well as frequently wrong, and then we approach true tolerance and see
    what real love for our fellows actually means.
    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 92

    The thought occurred to me that all people are emotionally ill to some extent. How could
    we not be? Who among us is spiritually perfect? Who among us is physically perfect?
    How could any of us be emotionally perfect? Therefore, what else are we to do but bear
    with one another and treat each other as we would be treated in similar circumstances?
    That is what love really is.

  • California Colin :)

    Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

    Step Four – “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”

    To see how erratic emotions victimized us often took a long time. We could perceive them quickly in others, but only slowly in ourselves. First of all, we had to admit that we had many of these defects, even though such disclosures were painful and humiliating. Where other people were concerned, we had to drop the word “blame” from our speech and thought. This required great willingness even to begin. But once over the first two or three high hurdles, the course ahead began to look easier. For we had started to get perspective on ourselves, which is another way of saying that we were gaining in humility.

    pp. 47-48

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    I have learned how to be honest. What a relief! No more ducking or dodging. No more tall
    tales. No more pretending to be what I am not. My cards are on the table, for all the
    world to see. “I am what I am,” as Popeye used to say in the comics. I have had an
    unsavory past. I am sorry, yes. But it cannot be changed now. All that is yesterday and is
    done. But now my life is an open book. Come and look at it, if you want to. I’m trying to
    do the best I can. I will fail often, but I won’t make excuses. I will face things as they are
    and not run away. Am I really honest?

    Meditation For The Day

    Though it may seem a paradox, we must believe in spiritual forces which we cannot
    see more than in material things which we can see, if we are going to truly live. In the
    last analysis, the universe consists more of thought or mathematical formulas than it
    does of matter as we understand it. Between one human being and another only
    spiritual forces will suffice to keep them in harmony. These spiritual forces we know,
    because we can see their results although we cannot see them. A changed life–a new
    personality–results from the power of unseen spiritual forces working in us and through
    us.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may believe in the Unseen. I pray that I may be convinced by the results of
    the Unseen which I do see.

  • Tracey (California) :)

    NA Just For Today

    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.88

    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.

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

    pg. 310

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    Fifth, I have learned to live one day at a time. I have finally realized the great fact that all
    I have is now. This sweeps away all vain regret and it makes my thoughts of the future
    free of fear. Now is mine. I can do what I want with it. I own it, for better or worse. What I
    do now, in this present moment, is what makes up my life. My whole life is only a
    succession of nows. I will take this moment, which has been given to me by the grace of
    God, and I will do something with it. What I do with each now, will make me or break me.
    Am I living in the now?

    Meditation For The Day

    We should work at overcoming ourselves, our selfish desires and our self-centeredness.
    This can never be fully accomplished. We can never become entirely unselfish. But we
    can come to realize that we are not at the center of the universe and that everything does
    not revolve around us at the center. I am only one cell in a vast network of human cells. I
    can at least make the effort to conquer the self-life and seek daily to obtain more and
    more of this self-conquest. “He that overcomes himself is greater than he who conquers a
    city.”

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may strive to overcome my selfishness. I pray that I may achieve the right
    perspective of my position in the world.

  • Suzy :) Just for today

    NA Just For Today

    Principles Before Personalities

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

    Twelfth Tradition

    “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.

    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.

    pg. 311

  • Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition Stories

    Student Of Life

    Living at home with her parents, she tried using willpower to beat the obsession to drink. But it wasn’t until she met another alcoholic and went to an A.A. meeting that sobriety took hold.

    It was the second meeting that clinched my resolve to pursue sobriety. There were about thirty-five people in attendance, but the space was small, so the meeting seemed very crowded. Being from out of town, I stood up and introduced myself when asked to by the chairperson. Later on in the meeting, the chairperson called on me to share. I got up and somehow walked over to the microphone and podium–I’ve never been so nervous in my life. But the words came out naturally as I described the events that led up to the meeting that night.

    pp. 325-326

  • 27th October

    As Bill Sees It

    A Mighty Beginning, p. 298

    Even the newest of newcomers find undreamed rewards as he tries to
    help his brother alcoholic, the one who is even blinder than he. This is
    indeed the kind of giving that actually demands nothing. He does not
    expect his brother sufferer to pay him, or even to love him.

    And then he discovers that through the divine paradox of this kind of
    giving he has found his own reward, whether or not his brother has yet
    received anything. His own character may still be gravely defective,
    but he somehow knows that God has enabled him to make a mighty
    beginning, and he senses that he stands at the edge of new mysteries,
    joys, and experiences of which he had never before dreamed.

    12 & 12, pp. 109-110

  • October 27

    Daily Reflections

    GLOBAL SHARING

    The only thing that matters is that he is an alcoholic who has found a key to sobriety.
    These legacies of suffering and of recovery are easily passed among alcoholics, one to
    the other. This is our gift from God, and its bestowal upon others like us is the one aim
    that today animates A.A.’s all around the globe.
    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 151

    The strength of Alcoholics Anonymous lies in the desire of each member and of each
    group around the world to share with other alcoholics their suffering and the steps taken
    to gain, and maintain, recovery. By keeping a conscious contact with my Higher Power, I
    make sure that I always nurture my desire to help other alcoholics, thus insuring the
    continuity of the wonderful fraternity of Alcoholics Anonymous.

  • Keep It Simple

    I wish you the courage to be warm when the world would prefer you to be cool.Robert A. Ward
    Our program and the Steps have warmed us from the inside out. Just as a bonfire warms those who stand around it, the Steps take away the chill we have felt for so long.
    At Times, we’ll be tempted to move away from the Steps. At times, we’ll get tired of looking at our behavior and attitudes. We are by nature, controlling people. We’ll want to
    “prove our point” about something when our program tells us to let it go. We need to stay close to the Steps and the warmth they hold. Remember the chill of our disease.
    Prayer for the Day: I need to member that the Steps and the fellowship of the program keep me sober, not me alone.
    Action for the Day: Today, I’ll thank about what the Steps have done for me. I will think of how they have kept me warm.

  • As Bill Sees It

    To Lighten Our Burden, p.277

    Only one consideration should qualify our desire for a complete
    disclosure of the damage we have done. That will arise where a
    full revelation would seriously harm the one to whom we are
    making amends. Or–quite as important–other people. We
    cannot, for example, unload a detailed account of extramarital
    adventuring upon the shoulders of our unsuspecting wife or husband.

    It does not lighten our burden when we recklessly make the crosses
    of others heavy.

    In making amends, we should be sensible, tactful, considerate, and
    humble without being servile or scraping. As God’s people, we stand
    on our feet; we don’t crawl before anyone.

    1. 12 & 12, p.86
    2. Alcoholics Anonymous, p.83

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