The “Just for Today” meditation for January 23rd emphasizes the crucial role of daily maintenance in sustaining serenity in our recovery journey. Life in recovery can become hectic and overwhelming at times, leading to a lapse in our daily routine. This can manifest in various ways, including a negative attitude or a feeling of discontent, even on a bright sunny day.
It’s important to recognize when our serenity begins to slip. This might be evident when we respond negatively to ordinary situations or feel a general sense of unhappiness. These are signals that we may be neglecting essential aspects of our recovery program, whether it’s attending meetings, meditating, maintaining a healthy diet, or getting adequate rest.
When we notice a decline in our serenity, taking immediate action is crucial. We cannot afford to let a single bad day spiral into a prolonged period of negativity, as it can jeopardize our recovery. There are various ways to regain our balance: attending an extra meeting, calling our sponsor, having lunch with a fellow recovering addict, or carrying the message to a newcomer. Simple practices like prayer or revisiting the basic principles of our recovery can also be immensely helpful.
Staying vigilant in our daily recovery routine is key to maintaining our serenity. We must regularly engage in activities that nurture our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. This daily maintenance isn’t just about preventing relapse; it’s about preserving the quality of our daily life in recovery.