Dec. 31, 2010 – Just for Today


Just for Today

Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 

Just for today, I need not fear anything for I have endured and survived the devastation of active alcoholism and, by the grace of AA and a Higher Power to which it led me, I have emerged not only intact but a better person. I have kept the faith in the Program, its Steps and Principles, the Power stronger than I and I found faith in myself that I never had before, and my gift has been the sobriety of the last 24 Hours. Having vested not only my heart and soul but my very life in this Program of recovery, I faced few terrors than those within myself but did with the guidance of the Steps. Now, nothing can compare and any fear from any other source is something I know I can face responsibly, with dignity and sober. Today, I have nothing to fear except the ghosts of my drinking past, and my Program has empowered me to move beyond them, to leave the fear behind. But I do not take for granted that the gift of sobriety is something I am owed or even deserve; I have an obligation to it, and that obligation begins with sharing the message. And our common journey continues. Just for today. 

Chris M., 2010

Dec. 31, 2010 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden


Friday, Dec. 31, 2010

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
–Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Past New Year’s Eves may have meant times of excessive chemical use. We may have embarrassed ourselves in many ways. We may have chosen New Year’s Eve as a time to analyze our past behaviors and write long lists of how that was going to change.

Yet tonight is like any other night. We don’t have to feel as though we aren’t having a good time unless we’re at a party or a bar. We can celebrate the new year tomorrow with those closest to us by doing something we enjoy. The past is gone – the future has not arrived. The present is all we have, here and now.

Look to ourselves and what we want to do, not at what we think we should be doing. We can share our feelings at a meeting; spend quality time with our families and loved ones. We need to focus on ourselves and what we need to do for us, and not be diverted by the craziness around us.

Tonight is an ending; tonight is a beginning. Help me stay in the moment to bid farewell to the old and welcome in the new in my own way.

From the book:

Night Light by Amy E. Dean

Dec. 31, 2010 – Twenty-Four Hours a Day


Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Friday, Dec. 31, 2010

AA Thought for the Day
I shall be loyal in my attendance, generous in my giving, kind in my criticism, creative in my suggestions, loving in my attitudes. I shall give AA my interest, my enthusiasm, my devotion and, most of all, myself. The Lord’s Prayer has become part of my AA thoughts for each day: “Our Father who are in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Have I given myself?

Meditation for the Day
As we look back over the year just gone, it has been a good year to the extent that we have put good thoughts, good words and good deeds into it. None of what we have thought, said or done need be wasted. Both the good and the bad experiences can be profited by. In a sense, the past is not entirely gone. The result of it, for good or evil, is with us at the present moment. We can only learn by experience and none of our experience is completely wasted. We can humbly thank God for the good things of the year that has gone.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may carry good things into the year ahead. I pray that I may carry on with faith, with prayer and with hope.

Hazelden Foundation

Dec. 31, 2010 – A Day at a Time


A Day at a Time
Friday, Dec. 31, 2010

Reflection for the Day
God grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change; COURAGE to change the things I can; and WISDOM to know the difference – living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it: Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.

Today I Pray
May I look back at this past year as a good one, in that nothing I did or said was wasted. No experience – however insignificant it may have seemed – was worthless. Hurt gave me the capacity to feel happiness; bad times made me appreciate the good ones; what I regarded as my weaknesses became my greatest strengths. I thank God for a year of growing.

Today I Will Remember
Hope is my “balance brought forward” – into a new year’s ledger.

Hazelden Foundation

Dec. 31, 2010 – The Eye Opener


The Eye Opener
Friday, Dec. 31, 2010

Every man at some time arrives at a place where the course of his entire future rests upon a decision. Judas was one day a saint and the next the betrayer of the Lord.

We members of AA also had our moment of great decision. Many more days of decision will probably be our lot, but by the Grace of God and our new-found sobriety, we can meet any situation by reliance on God’s Will rather than our own.

Hazelden Foundation

Dec. 30, 2010 – Just for Today


Just for Today

Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 

Just for today, I awaken to a new day with full memory of the night before but, if not, the day that awaits offers a chance for another beginning. Grant me the wisdom and courage, Higher Power, to seize the opportunity to continue or even begin to work toward something better, something I thirst and hunger for – sobriety, serenity, peace, calm, a worthy self-image, and a sense of gratitude that I am here even to be given yet another second chance. My best hope for what I seek is AA and its Steps and Principles and, today, may I finally decide that enough is enough of the alcoholic hangover and all the garbage that comes with it. But let me be disciplined enough, too, to understand that what sobriety and recovery offer comes with a price – that I seek some way to be of service to anyone else who needs what I seek. Today, I have yet another chance for another new beginning. Let me not let the lifeboat go by without me on board. And our common journey continues. Just for today. 

Chris M., 2010

Dec. 30, 2010 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden


Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

I’ve shut the door on yesterday,
And thrown the key away.
Tomorrow holds no fears for me,
Since I have found today.
— Vivian Yeiser Laramore

Feeling guilty or ashamed about the past – about what we did or did not do, about what happened to us, about who we were – can be our undoing. We must work long and hard in our recovery to work through these feelings, not to forget the past – for it informs all that we value in ourselves today – but to put the past into perspective.

After we’ve taken an inventory and grieved our losses we must forgive ourselves. In forgiving ourselves we can let go of the past and live in today.

With our program of recovery, looking back is not as frightening as it once was. And today we do not have to bear what we find alone.

A new year, a new life, can be ours. Love and friendship, support and spiritual growth are waiting for us today. Our yesterdays are over, and we can look to the future with joy and anticipation.

Today help me forgive myself for what’s past and learn to have faith in Your plan for me.

 

From the book:

Body, Mind, and Spirit by Anonymous