AA Principles in Everyday Life

Just for today…  I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problem at once.  I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

This morning I deviated from my normal schedule, and will be attending a meeting closer to home, so I had some life-affirming time to myself.  To make use of that time, I put on an inspirational show while doing some paperwork.  And I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

The show’s focus was on what to do when life gets too hard, when you are working towards a goal and it is taking too long, when you feel like giving up.  The speaker’s answer to that dilemma?  Don’t worry about how long it is going to take.  Ask yourself:  can I continue to push forward for today?  Do I have the strength to get through today?  Worrying about how long something is going to take is wasting the time you have right now… today.  Energy for tomorrow will be available tomorrow.

This show has absolutely nothing to do with addiction or recovery, and yet it is preaching the essence of any 12-step program.  Truthfully, I’m not sure how this message is applying to me personally right at the moment, but, because I believe there are no coincidences, I must need to hear the message, and it is a powerful one.  Whether it is frustration with kids, relationship issues, financial worries, or addiction, the answer is the same… can I do what I need to TODAY to accomplish my goals?  Tomorrow, next week, and next month will take care of themselves.  If I can summon the energy to do what I need to today, then I am golden!

Posted on July 18, 2012, in Recovery and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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