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Narcotics Anonymous Just for Today ® is a publication of Narcotics Anonymous World Services. NA Just for Today is a daily meditational for recovering addicts who are recovering from the disease of addiction. Each Just for Today meditational gives the recovering addict a spirtual principal to focus on for the day. Each daily meditation focuses on a spirtual principal which is incorporated, through the program, into our lives.

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December 21, 2014

Acceptance and Change

Page 371

"Freedom to change seems to come after acceptance of ourselves."

Basic Text, p.58

Fear and denial are the opposites of acceptance. None of us are perfect, even in our own eyes; all of us have certain traits that, given the chance, we would like to change. We sometimes become overwhelmed when contemplating how far short we fall of our ideals, so overwhelmed that we fear there's no chance of becoming the people we'd like to be. That's when our defense mechanism of denial kicks in, taking us to the opposite extreme: nothing about ourselves needs changing, we tell ourselves, so why worry? Neither extreme gives us the freedom to change.

Whether we are longtime NA members or new to recovery, the freedom to change is acquired by working the Twelve Steps. When we admit our powerlessness and the unmanageability of our lives, we counteract the lie that says we don't have to change. In coming to believe that a Power greater than we are can help us, we lose our fear that we are damaged beyond repair; we come to believe we can change. We turn ourselves over to the care of the God of our understanding and tap the strength we need to make a thorough, honest examination of ourselves. We admit to God, to ourselves, and to another human being what we've found. We accept the good and the bad in ourselves; with this acceptance, we become free to change.

Just for Today: I want to change. By working the steps, I will counter fear and denial and find the acceptance needed to change.

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