Daily Meditations

Just for today

February 29, 2024


Page 61

"Our disease has been arrested, and now anything is possible. We become increasingly open-minded and open to new ideas in all areas of our lives."

Basic Text, p. 106

For many of us, our first few months or years in NA are a wonderful time. We're willing to try anything, and our eyes are constantly opened to new joys and new horizons. Finally freed from active addiction, our recovery young and fresh, anything seems possible.

With a little time clean under our belts, however, there may be less urgency to our program. We might not be quite as willing as we once were to put to use the experience of others. We may have encountered a few seemingly intractable defects in our character, whittling away at the boundless optimism of our early recovery. We know too much to believe that anything is possible.

How do we restore enthusiasm to our recovery? We pray about it; we share about it; and we seek out the enthusiasm we are lacking. There are members - some with more time clean than ourselves, some with less - who have the enthusiasm we seek, and who will be happy to share it with us if we ask them to. To gain the benefit of their experience, however, we must practice open-mindedness and become teachable again. When we become open to new ideas and willing to try them out we'll find that, once more, anything seems possible.

Just for Today: There is always more to learn and someone to learn from in my recovery. Today, I will be open to new ideas and willing to try them out. As long as I am, I know that anything is possible.

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Spiritual Principle a Day

February 29, 2024

Moving through Recovery with Grace

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"When dancers move through space with intention and beauty, we say they are graceful. In the same way, when we move through our lives with intention and gratitude, we demonstrate grace; when we crash from one self-willed experience to another, creating damage and confusion, we are disgraceful."

Living Clean, Chapter 7, "Awakenings"

"Disgraceful?" That's a bit harsh! But if we're using dance as a metaphor for how we move about our lives, then all that crashing and thrashing will certainly result in injuries and, very likely, several of the other dancers in the company (family, NA members, coworkers) will get hurt as well.

If we extend the metaphor further, the NA program is our choreography—Steps, how perfect! We dance all twelve seriously and in order, with intention and purpose. We attend meetings and do service (more choreography). We listen to and are moved by the music (our literature, the shares in meetings). We attend to rhythm, pace, and breath (spiritual principles) to stay on track. We are the artists, so each of us develops our own unique interpretation of the dance. We recovering addicts are always honing our craft, interpreting, trying to serve the higher purpose of staying clean, practicing principles, and guiding newer dancers through the Steps. Grace(fulness) works when we work it.

But who is the choreographer in this metaphor? Is it our Higher Power, our sponsor, our predecessors? Perhaps a combination of all three, depending on the particular dance. It doesn't matter who—as long as it isn't our egos. When that takes over, and we worry about what the audience thinks of us, rather than focusing on the art of living clean, that's when we stumble or miss our Steps—and, yeah, then we get kind of disgraceful. That's what got us in this dance company in the first place, isn't it?

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I may not always strike the right rhythm in recovery, but when my focus is more on serving a greater purpose than having things my own way, I still might fall—but will ultimately land on my feet, like a cat. But that's a metaphor for another day.

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