JanuaryJust for Today

January 23 – Serenity check

“Lack of daily maintenance can show up in many ways.”

The basic text of Narcotics Anonymous p. 95

Ever had a perfect stranger remark about how great the weather was, only to reply “It stinks”?  When this happens, we are probably suffering from a lack of daily maintenance in our program.

In recovery, life can get pretty hectic.  Maybe those added responsibilities at work have got you hopping.  Maybe you haven’t been to a meeting for awhile.  Perhaps you’ve been too busy to meditate, or haven’t been eating regularly or sleeping well.  Whatever the reason, your serenity is slipping.

When this happens, it is crucial that we take action.  We can’t afford to let one “bad day,” complete with a bad attitude, slip into two days, four days, or a week.  Our recovery depends on our daily maintenance program.  No matter what is happening in our lives, we can’t afford to neglect the principles that have saved our lives.

There are many ways to recover our serenity.  We can go to a meeting, phone our sponsor, meet another recovering addict for lunch, or try to carry the message to a newcomer.  We can pray.  We can take a moment to ask ourselves what simple things we haven’t been doing.  When our attitudes head downhill, we can avert a crash with simple solutions.

Lack of daily maintenance can show up in many ways. Through open-minded effort, we come to rely on a daily relationship with God as we understand Him. Each day most of us ask our Higher Power to help us stay clean, and each night we give thanks for the gift of recovery. As our lives become more comfortable, many of us lapse into spiritual complacency, and risking relapse, we find ourselves in the same horror and loss of purpose from which we have been given only a daily reprieve. This is, hopefully, when our pain motivates us to renew our daily spiritual maintenance. One way that we can continue a conscious contact, especially in hard times, is to list the things for which we are grateful.

The basic text of Narcotics Anonymous p. 95

Just for today:  I will examine the maintenance of my daily program of recovery.

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Paul T
Learning to live life again and recovering from addiction

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