Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Each day provides its own gifts. ---Ruth D. Freedman
Life is full of wonderful gifts. Recovery is life's greatest gift to us. If we're not excited about being sober, we need to check ourselves. Are we keeping something secret? Is there a sadness we need to talk about? Are we stuffing anger? These things eat away at our excitement for life.
Many addicts never get the gift of recovery. Those of us in recovery are special. We've been given a new life. There will be hard times. But the joy of getting a second chance will be stronger. Am I grateful that I've been given recovery?
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me see recovery as a gift. I deserve this gift because I'm human. Help me to always accept this gift.
Action for the Day: At the end of the day, I'll list three gifts that this day has given me.
Easy Does It
Sitting quietly for 15 or 20 minutes before starting each day's activities
helps us set out in a relaxed, orderly frame of mind.
Some of us use specific methods of prayer or meditation which we have found
particularly well suited to this purpose.
And maybe several times during a hectic day, we manage to sit undisturbed,
with eyes closed, for a five-minute break, then resume work refreshed.
- Living Sober, p.45
Thought to Ponder . . .
While it isn't always easy, if I keep it simple, it works.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
O D A A T = One Day At A Time.
This beautiful day
This is no ordinary day. It’s unique, it’s special, and there’s never been another one like it.
This day, filled with new possibilities, will never come again. Truly it is a treasure you’ve been fortunate enough to receive, and you can do with it what you wish.
You can choose to embrace this day’s unique value and create even more value with it. You can decide to stand up, step forward and live this day with all the richness and joy you can imagine.
All sorts of fortunate circumstances have come together to place you in this unique and beautiful day. Now is your opportunity to make the most of that good fortune.
For each difficult challenge, there are a thousand positive possibilities. From every disappointment, come new opportunities for meaningful joy.
Open yourself to the beauty of life that is all around you right now, on this very day. This is a beautiful day, and it is yours right now to live.
— Ralph Marston