Just for Today Literature Pondering – July 25

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 2:52 pm

The Just for Today literature’s daily meditation of recovery in Narcotics Anonymous (NA) for July 25th shows that our action in doing twelfth step service work is never in vain. Practicing the principles in all of our affairs, in culminating with helping the still suffering addict, keeps us drug-free and a healthy, contributing member of society. We give back to humanity through service work, which extends far past only the rooms of NA. Teachers, professors, and instructors, for example, give back to their students every day in their fields in education. Those that hold religious positions give back to their parishioners and practitioners every time that they interact with those people and provide them a service of sorts. Even those that simply donate their time to a cause they support are giving themselves in service to the greater good. If we pay attention, we can find opportunities to give of ourselves in service in many ways. Perhaps, too, we can pray to have God send us someone to help that day if we so choose.

Twelfth Step ‘failure?’ – July 25 – page 215

“Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” Step Twelve

There is no such thing as a “failed” Twelfth Step call. Even if our prospect doesn’t get clean, we have accomplished two purposes. We have planted the seed of recovery in the mind of the addict with whom we have shared our experience, strength, and hope. And we ourselves have stayed clean another day. Rarely does a recovering addict leave a Twelve Step call with anything but a deep dose of gratitude.

Sometimes we are practicing the Twelfth Step without realizing it. When our co-workers or other acquaintances know some of our history and see what kind of person we are today, they know where to go when they have a friend or loved one in need of our help. We are often the best attraction that NA has to offer!

For many addicts, the Twelfth Step is the cornerstone of recovery. We truly believe that “we can only keep what we have by giving it away.” The paradox of the Twelfth Step is evident, for in giving, we receive.

Just for today: I will remember that I am a living example of the Twelfth Step. I cannot “fail” when I try to carry the message to another addict.

 

Source: Narcotics Anonymous World Services. Just for Today. Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Incorporated, 1991, p. 215.

Practicing Narcotics Anonymous Spiritual Principles Throughout the Calendar Year

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 3:35 pm

Have you ever heard of Narcotics Anonymous (NA)? It is a program for people (who come to self-identify as addicts) that have either in the past or that currently abuse or misuse alcohol and drugs, and the end-goal of working a recovery program in NA is to become drug-free and clean, and remain substance-free and practice abstinence from any and all mind or mood-altering substances.  For many, simple abstinence is not enough for an extended period of time. Abstinence should ideally be combined with working the Twelve Steps of the NA program. NA is a twelve-step support fellowship for doing just that! In NA, we learn to practice spiritual principles daily, in all our affairs. There is a spiritual principle that can correlate to each numbered month of the calendar year if you practice at least the basic twelve spiritual principles in life. Here is a short breakdown.

Let’s take the month of July for our example. Do you notice how July is the seventh month? This means that during the seventh month, we should aim to practice the corresponding numbered spiritual principle that correlates to that numbered month. There are twelve months which go hand-in-hand with the twelve spiritual principles. The corresponding month number can be used to focus on practicing the corresponding step number’s spiritual principle during that month. That gives our recovery some direction. In January, we aim for spiritual principle one; in February, we aim for spiritual principle two; in March, we aim for spiritual principle three; in April, we aim for spiritual principle four, and so forth, and so on, etc. all the way through the calendar to where in December, we aim for spiritual principle twelve.

Step Spiritual Principle
Step One Honesty
Step Two Hope
Step Three Faith
Step Four Courage
Step Five Integrity
Step Six Willingness
Step Seven Humility
Step Eight Love
Step Nine Justice
Step Ten Perseverance
Step Eleven God-consciousness
Step Twelve Service

More on NA can be found at Narcotics Anonymous World Services, which can be found at https://www.na.org  (the link opens in a new tab).

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