JanuaryJust for Today

January 17 – Forgiveness

“As we realize our need to be forgiven, we tend to be more forgiving.  At least we know that we are no longer intentionally making life miserable for people.”

Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text pp 39-40

In our addiction we often treated others badly, sometimes deliberately finding ways to make their lives miserable.  In our recovery, we may still have a tendency to pass judgment on others’ actions because we think we know how that person should behave.   But as we progress in our recovery we often find that, to accept ourselves, we must accept those around us.

It may be difficult to watch as someone’s insanity manifests itself.  But if we detach ourselves from the problem, we can start living in the solution.  And if we feel affected by another’s actions, we can extend the principle of forgiveness.

The Eighth Step offers a big change from a life dominated by guilt and remorse. Our futures are changed, because we don’t have to avoid those who we have harmed. As a result of this step, we receive a new freedom that can end isolation. As we realize our need to be forgiven, we tend to be more forgiving. At least, we know that we are no longer intentionally making life miserable for people.

Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text pp 39-40

Just for today:  I will strive to forgive rather than be forgiven.  I will try to act in such a way that I feel worthy of self-love.

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Paul T
Learning to live life again and recovering from addiction

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