Wednesday, June 22, 2011


I've never posted one of the Narcotics Anonymous daily meditations from "Just For Today" before, but I feel like posting one today.

Accepting life as it is:
 “In our recovery, we find it essential to accept reality. Once we can do this, we do not find it necessary to use drugs in an attempt to change our perceptions.”

Drugs used to buffer us from the full force of life. When we stop using drugs and enter recovery, we find ourselves confronted directly with life. We may experience disappointment, frustration, or anger. Events may not happen the way we want them to. The self-centeredness we cultivated in our addiction has distorted our perceptions of life; it is difficult to let go of our expectations and accept life as it is.

We learn to accept our lives by working the Twelve Steps of Narcotics Anonymous. We discover how to change our attitudes and let go of character defects. We no longer need to distort the truth or to run from situations. The more we practice the spiritual principles contained in the steps, the easier it becomes to accept life exactly as it comes to us.

Just for today: I will practice self-acceptance by practicing the Twelve Steps.

There are a lot of things I may never be, there are a lot of thing I may never have, and plenty of mistakes for me to make out there.

But heres the thing...
What I never have to do again is to be deceptive or distort the truth to try to keep myself from guilt and shame, or make myself out to be something I am not..
I can accept myself, the good and bad, and what is always available to me is the opportunity to do whatever the next right thing might be, and to be willing to ask Him to remove from  me my defects of character . I'm really thankful for being able to view the world this way.


red dirt girl said...

this post is just pure AWESOMENESS! i think i need a 12 step program. thanks for the inspiration, cowboy!


bulletholes said...

Red, I sure do miss you.

Kim said...

Its all so simple. Too simple for overthinkers.

bulletholes said...

Yeah, it really is Kim! I'm even OK if I hang onto a few of my shortcomings. thats what makes me so ...magnificent!