One Day at a Time
The title of this post is probably the most well-known, and certainly the most universal, slogan used in Alcoholics Anonymous. At least once a day I hear or say it, and I’m sure most people have used this expression often in conversation. But how many people really think about its meaning, and really use it for its intended purpose?
For me, “one day at a time” gives me an instant feeling of peace. Because almost without exception, when I am stressed out, or anxious, or upset, it is because I am thinking of something from my past, or worrying about something in my future. So when I think or say the words “one day at a time,” it reminds me to refocus on the here and now, and to stop stressing about things over which I have absolutely no control.
Since I have to live one day at a time with respect to recovery, it only makes sense that I apply it to all areas of my life. While it is not always easy to adopt, it is definitely worth the effort to live life one day at a time.