The Gift of Today

There are two days in every week about which we should not worry… one is yesterday, and the other is tomorrow.  This leaves only one day… TODAY.  -AA Green Card

There are long-time members in the AA fellowship that believe they have the same amount of time as the newcomer.  In other words, past sobriety, to them, does not count, and if anyone rests on yesterday’s sobriety to get through today, they are in trouble.

As someone relatively new, this concept boggles the mind.  I truly look forward to the day when I can say I have a year, 5 years, a decade of sobriety.  And I imagine I would want to shout that accomplishment from the roof tops, I will be so proud of it.

But the message of the “old-timers” is a powerful one, and very important to remember, not just in recovery, but in life.  Whether yesterday was the most productive and worthwhile day ever, or it was filled with the most mistakes one human being could ever make, it is over, and there is not a single thing that can change that fact.  And since, unfortunately, no one can guarantee that they are waking up to see tomorrow morning, the most anyone has is right here and right now.  If I can focus on the 24 hours in which I am living, I am, first, not wasting time regretting the past or worrying about the future, and second, I am making the most out of life by truly living in the present.  And who could ask for more than that?

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Posted on May 25, 2012, in Recovery and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. If only we could all do that – just focus on today – we would all be so much better off. Worry (and I know it well) is just wasted energy and does not solve anything. As you are doing so remarkably, I will try to do the same. Lesson learned.

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