A new pattern of living
suspect that if we do not use what we have, we will lose what we have.
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gave a pattern to our lives, and with it a meaninga dark, diseased
meaning, to be sure, but a meaning nonetheless.
The Narcotics Anonymous recovery program gives us a new pattern of
living to replace our old routines. And
with that new pattern comes a new meaning to our lives, one of light and
is this new pattern of living? Instead
of isolation, we find fellowship. Instead
of living blindly, repeating the same mistakes again and again, we
regularly examine ourselves, free to keep what helps us grow and discard
what doesnt. Rather than
constantly trying to get by on our own limited power, we develop a
conscious contact with a loving Power greater than ourselves.
life must have a pattern. To
maintain our recovery, we must maintain the new patterns our program has
taught us. By giving regular
attention to these patterns, we will maintain the freedom weve found
from the deadly disease of addiction, and keep hold of the meaning
recovery has brought to our lives.
I will begin a new pattern in my life: the regular maintenance of