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Just For Today August 13, 2011

Just For Today
August 13, 2011
Difficult People

“By giving unconditional love…we become more loving, and by sharing spiritual growth we become more spiritual.”
Basic Text, p.99

Most of us have one or two exceptionally difficult people in our lives. How do we deal with such a person in our recovery? First, we take our own inventory. Have we wronged this person? Has some action or attitude of ours served as an invitation for the kind of treatment they have given us? If so, we will want to clear the air, admit we have been wrong, and ask our Higher Power to remove whatever defects may prevent us from being helpful and constructive.

Next, as people seeking to live spiritually oriented lives, we approach the problem from the other person’s point of view. They may be faced with any number of challenges we either fail to consider or know nothing about, challenges that cause them to be unpleasant. As it’s said, we seek in recovery “to forgive rather than be forgiven; to understand rather than be understood.”

Finally, if it is within our power, we seek ways to help others overcome their challenges without injuring their dignity. We pray for their well-being and spiritual growth and for the ability to offer them the unconditional love that has meant so much to us in our recovery.

We cannot change the difficult people in our lives, nor can we please everyone. But by applying the spiritual principles we’ve learned in NA, we can learn to love them.

Just for today: Higher Power, help me serve other people, not demand that they serve me.

1 comment to Just For Today August 13, 2011

  • One thing I was always pretty good at was to point the fingers at others and not take responsiblitiy for my own wrong doing.

    Today, I try my best to make sure that I look within my own eyes and see what really is the situation at hand. Sometimes I just have to remember that we are all human. Usually and most of the time, those who do seem difficult in our eyes are really not difficult at all. I have come to believe that we are all right where we need to be at any given moment. That however doesn’t stop us from trying to do things a little different or looking at things in a different way either.

    Thanks For the posting!

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