Today's Reading from Just For Today © NA World Services


   January 23                                                  Serenity check

           "Lack of daily maintenance can show up in many ways."

                                                            Basic Text, p. 95


   Ever had a perfect stranger remark about how great the weather was, only
   to reply "It stinks"?   When this happens, we are probably suffering
   from a lack of daily maintenance in our program.

   In recovery,  life can  get pretty  hectic.     Maybe those  added
   responsibilities at work have got you hopping.  Maybe you haven't been
   to a meeting for awhile.  Perhaps you've been too busy to meditate, or
   haven't been eating regularly or sleeping well.   Whatever the reason,
   your serenity is slipping.

   When this happens, it is crucial that we take action.  We can't afford
   to let one "bad day," complete with a bad attitude, slip into two
   days, four days, or a week.  Our recovery depends on our daily maintenance
   program.  No matter what is happening in our lives, we can't afford to
   neglect the principles that have saved our lives.

   There are many ways to recover our serenity.   We can go to a meeting,
   phone our sponsor, meet another recovering addict for lunch, or try to
   carry the message to a newcomer.   We can pray.   We can take a moment to
   ask ourselves what simple things we haven't been doing.   When our
   attitudes head downhill, we can avert a crash with simple solutions.


   Just for today:   I will examine the maintenance of my daily program of