Just For Today – As we understand

“We examined our lives and discovered who we really are. To be truly humble is to accept and honestly try to be ourselves.” – Basic Text, p. 36

As using addicts, the demands of our disease determined our personality. We could be whoever or whatever we needed to be in order to get our “fix.” We were survival machines, adapting easily to every circumstance of the using life.

Once we began our recovery, we entered a new and different life. Many of us had no idea what behavior was appropriate for us in any given situation. Some of us didn’t know how to talk to people, how to dress, or how to behave in public. We couldn’t be ourselves because we didn’t know who we were anymore.

The Twelve Steps give us a simple method for finding out who we really are. We uncover our assets and our defects, the things we like about ourselves and the things we’re not so thrilled about. Through the healing power of the Twelve Steps, we begin to understand that we are individuals, created to be who we are by the Higher Power of our understanding. The real healing begins when we understand that if our Higher Power created us this way, it must be okay to be who we really are.

Just for Today: By working the steps I can experience the freedom to be myself, the person my Higher Power intended me to be.

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2 thoughts on “Just For Today – As we understand

  1. I think perhaps life is a lifetime journey of self discovery and addictions hide our beautiful, true selves from our selves. I also think addictions stop us from being able to process things and move on. I look forward to your posts. 🙂

  2. psquirrel says:

    For many years I’ve regressed into hiding because of addiction, and it’s also arrested my development in a lot of ways. I feel like only now am I beginning to realize and try to truly break free. As far as it being a journey, that it certainly is. It’s been one of the longest most difficult journeys I’ve ever been on and I would have loved for nothing more than to have never had to go down this road, I just want to learn as much as I can so I can continue to recover and stop hurting the people I love, including myself. I appreciate you and ES, and thank you both for your continued support. -P. Squirrel.

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