Twenty-Four Hours a Day
down; I feel giddy; I wonder how I am ever to walk to the end. --Virginia Woolf
concerned with only a single day's worth of hours. No more. What may
come tomorrow, a decision that might be necessary next week, a big change
in our lives coming next year, all will be handled with ease, when the time is right.
worries about the future are over, if we want them to be. We need to take
only one step at a time. One day at a time. And always in the care of our Higher Power.
Relief from our lives of worry is immediate when we live the axiom, "Let go and let God."
detour us, however. In fact, they strengthen us and encourage personal growth.
And no experience will ever be more than we and our higher power can handle.
Today I am an alcoholic/addict. Tomorrow will be no different.
My alcoholism/addiction lives within me now and forever. I must never forget what I am.
Alcohol/drugs will surely kill me if I fail to recognize and acknowledge
my disease on a daily basis.
- Daily Reflections, p. 276
Thought to Ponder . . .
Sobriety is a gift, the price of which is eternal vigilance.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Aware
Be thankful for what you’ve done, learn from it, and use what you now know to move forward. Regretting and second-guessing your past actions will just hold you back, so quit beating yourself up and start pushing yourself ahead.
Though your past hasn’t been perfect, it has been successful in many ways. For what you’ve done in the past has provided you with the opportunities you now have in the present.
In a very real sense, you are more knowledgeable, more capable, more experienced and more inspired right now than ever before. You are now here, ready to make good, meaningful use of all that.
Now, you have the opportunity to transform past disappointments into future successes. Take whatever has happened, and choose for it to serve you well going forward.
This is not the time to rest on your previous achievements or to be demoralized by your past mistakes. This is the time to gather it all into a positive forward momentum.
This is a new moment and you are the best you’ve ever been. Transform that powerful combination into truly valuable results.
— Ralph Marston