Jan. 1, 2010 – Just for Today

Just for Today

Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 


Figures given in this foreward describe the Fellowship as it was in 1955″
“Since the original Foreword to this book was written in 1939, a wholesale miracle has taken place. Our earliest printing voiced the hope ‘that every alcoholic who journeys will find the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous at his destination. Already,’ continues the early text ‘twos and threes and fives of us have sprung up in other communities.’

“Sixteen years have elapsed between our first printing of this book and the presentation in 1955 of our second edition. In that brief space, Alcoholics Anonymous has mushroomed into nearly 6,000 groups whose membership is far above 150,000 recovered alcoholics.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, “Foreword to the Second Edition,” p xv. 

Today, when tradition prods us to think in terms of new beginnings and make resolutions to work toward them, the history of our Program as measured in the 16 years between 1939 and 1955 assures us of a new start – if we work toward and apply the Steps and Principles detailed in later pages. In the near 56 years since this forword to the 1955 second edition of the Big Book, the number of recovered alcoholics has multiplied by more than 10 times. If the Program has worked for that vast a number of people, why, then, can it not work for me? It can, and if I have failed in the Program in the past, it is because I failed the Program and not that the Program failed me. On this day when we are encouraged to let go of the old and allow in the new, my recovery somehow appropriately begins with the hope that I, too, can be in that number of recovered alcoholics. So let the new begin. And our common journey continues. Just for today. 

Chris M., 2011


Jan. 1, 2011 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

Living today

The beginning of the New Year will often bring back sad memories. This has been the big day for hangovers, coming down, remorse, guilt, and shame. But if we stay with our new purpose – staying clean and staying close to our Higher Power – we don’t have to fear the New Year. God has forgiven our past mistakes and tomorrow is not yet here. If we do what we know is right today, all else will be taken care of.

It’s not always easy to do what is necessary today, but it’s impossible to change yesterday or to guarantee what tomorrow will bring. Our year will unfold better by living each day as it comes instead of regretting the past or anticipating the future.

Am I learning to live one day at a time?

I pray for the willingness to deal with today, instead of being obsessed with the past or the future.

From the book:

Day by Day – Second Edition by Anonymous

Jan.1, 2011 – Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011

AA Thought for the Day
When I came into AA, was I a desperate person? Did I have a soul-sickness? Was I so sick of myself and my way of living that I couldn’t stand looking at myself in a mirror? Was I ready for AA? Was I ready to try anything that would help me to get sober and to get over my soul-sickness?

Should I ever forget the condition I was in?

Meditation for the Day
In the new year, I will live one day at a time. I will make each day one of preparation for better things ahead. I will not dwell on the past or the future, only on the present. I will bury every fear of the future, all thoughts of unkindness and bitterness, all my dislikes, my resentments, my sense of failure, my disappointments in others and in myself, my gloom and my despondency. I will leave all these things buried and go forward, in this new year, into a new life.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that God will guide me one day at a time in the new year. I pray that for each day, God will supply the wisdom and the strength that I need.

Hazelden Foundation

Jan. 1, 2011 – A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011

Reflection for the Day
In the old days, I saw everything in terms of forever. Endless hours were spent rehashing old mistakes. I tried to take comfort in the forlorn hope that tomorrow “would be different.” As a result, I lived a fantasy life in which happiness was all but nonexistent. No wonder I rarely smiled and hardly ever laughed aloud.

Do I still think in terms of “forever?”

Today I Pray
May I set my goals for the New Year not at the year-long mark, but one day at a time. My traditional New Year’s resolutions have been so grandly stated and so soon broken. Let me not weaken my resolve by stretching it to cover “forever” – or even one long year. May I reapply it firmly each new day. May I learn not to stamp my past mistakes with that indelible word “forever.” Instead, may each single day in each New Year be freshened by my new-found hope.

Today I Will Remember
Happy New Day.

Hazelden Foundation

Jan. 1, 2011 – The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011

Without the introduction of a purpose into our lives, we would be but dried-up drinks, wallowing in self-pity for the loss of that which we were forced to deny oursleves in order to bring about some sembalance of order in our lives. We would be “off the bottle” but not for a moment happy about it – never with any sense of security.

We who have found AA have introduced that something into our lives that enabled us, with the Grace of God, to “fix” ourselves.

We have not given up anything – we have acquired something; we are no longer frustrated people, because we have introduced into our lives a reliance in a Power greater than oursleves, that we did not have before. That Power has opened up a new way of life, free of worry, fear and frustration.

Hazelden Foundation