Just for TodaySeptember

September 29 – Just for Today

“When we stop living in the here and now, our problems become magnified unreasonably.”

Basic Text Narcotics Anonymous p. 99

“Just for today”—it’s a comforting thought.  If we try to live in the past, we may find ourselves torn by painful, disquieting memories.  The lessons of our using are not the teachers we seek for recovery.  Living in tomorrow means moving in with fear.  We cannot see the shape of the secret future, and uncertainty brings worry.  Our lives look overwhelming when we lose the focus of today.

Living in the moment offers freedom.  In this moment, we know that we are safe.  We are not using, and we have everything we need.  What’s more, life is happening in the here and now.  The past is gone and the future has yet to arrive; our worrying won’t change any of it.  Today, we can enjoy our recovery, this very minute.

We live a day at a time but also from moment to moment. When we stop living in the here and now, our problems become magnified unreasonably. Patience isn’t a strong point with us. That’s why we need our slogans and our NA friends to remind us to live the program just for today.

Just for today:  I will stay in the here and now.  Today—this moment—I am free.

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Paul T
Learning to live life again and recovering from addiction

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