I am learning that NA is so much more than Narcotics Anonymous. It offers practical principles to EVERYONE…even those who’ve never touched a drug in their life.
What you’re about to read is my translation and interpretation of the 12 principles in Chapter 4 called, “HOW IT WORKS.” (for the original version, read Chapter 4 in the blue NA book)
HOW IT WORKS – If you want help with personal problems, and are willing to make the effort to get that help, then you are ready to apply these 12 principles to your daily life:
1. Admit that you have a problem that needs fixing.
2. Understand that there is a POWER greater than yourself that can and will help you.
3. Make a decision to learn about and understand this POWER. Then commit your life to IT.
4. Make a honest inventory of yourself and your deepest thoughts.
5. Admit to yourself, another human being, and your higher power, the exact nature of your wrongs.
6. Be entirely ready to remove all defects of character.
7. Look yourself in the mirror and humbly ask yourself to remove your shortcomings.
8. Make a list of all the people you’ve hurt, and be willing to make amends to them all.
9. Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except for when doing so would cause more harm.
10. Constantly take personal inventory, and when wrong promptly admit it.
11. Through prayer and meditation seek a deeper level of consciousness. Seek the knowledge of the righteous and develop the power to convert that knowledge into wisdom.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening, try to pay it forward to those who are ready. And always practice the art of LOVE in all your affairs.
As I wrote these, I realized I’m in compliance with most of them. And I have a desire to apply them all.
So right now I’d like to address #8. I know there’s a lot of people I have hurt in the past…and for that, I am truly sorry (Saying Sorry Isn’t Enough). I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make amends to all those I’ve hurt.
Forgiveness and love are powerful tools that help to rebuild and heal. Don’t forgive me for my sake. Forgive me because you deserve the healing and inner peace that forgiveness offers. And please know that your forgiveness will not be taken in vain or for granted.
If you should decide to choose forgiveness, you’ll be forgiving a man who is constantly striving for redemption and who has a desire to serve everyone with Love and compassion.
Please forgive me.