March 31, 2012 – Just for Today

Just for Today

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Just for today, I will not allow self-pity to shake the foundation of my recovery Program regardless if my recovery began 24 months or 24 hours ago. Self-pity may be the sharpest in the anti-Higher Power‘s arsenel of poisons that can undo, in the blink of an eye, any progress I have made. But my Higher Power, and the support I have tapped in those also in recovery, have a stronger cache of tools. Self-pity is giving up my belief and total surrender to my HP, and self-pity is the epitome of selfishness. If there is adversity in this day, I will face it with the courage, strength, hope and dignity that my Program has endowed me with, and I’ve already been empowered with courage, strength, hope and dignity merely by committing myself to recovery. Nor will I whine, “Why me?” And if I say no to self-pity today, I have no reason or excuse to drink, to use – and this day, then, will be good. And our common journey continues. Just for today. – Chris M., 2012


March 31, 2012 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

Acceptance of things I can’t fix. One of the sad realities of life is that we’re awash in a disorder that we can’t fix. All around us, the world seethes and festers with ailments and injustices that are beyond our control.

We can react by becoming angry or by making quixotic efforts to solve some of these problems.

Our best course, however, is to apply our Twelve Step program to life in this world. The Serenity Prayer suggests we accept what we can’t change. A slogan reminds us to set priorities (“First Things First”). The Eleventh Step reminds us to always seek God‘s will.

This will enable me to live effectively while doing my best to serve others. In time, I may even discover that I can fix a few of the seemingly insoluble problems around me.

I’ll realize today that I have the ability only to do certain things within my sphere of experience. I’ll see to it, however, that I do these things well.

From the book:

Walk in Dry Places by Mel B.

Walk in Dry Places by Mel B. © 1996 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved.

March 31, 2012 – Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Saturday, March 31, 2012

AA Thought for the Day

Since I’ve been in AA, have I made a start towards being more unselfish? Do I no longer want my own way in everything? When things go wrong and I can’t have what I want, do I no longer sulk? Am I trying not to waste money on myself? And does it make me happy to see my family and my home have enough attention from me?

Am I trying not to be all get and no give?

Meditation for the Day

Each day is a day of progress, steady progress forward, if you make it so. You may not see it, but God does. God does not judge by outward appearance. He judges by the heart. Let Him see in your heart a simple desire always to do His will. Though you may feel that your work has been spoiled or tarnished, God sees it as an offering for Him. When climbing a steep hill, a person is often more conscious of the weakness of his stumbling feet than of the view, the grandeur or even of the upward progress.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may persevere in all good things. I pray that I may advance each day in spite of my stumbling feet.

Hazelden Foundation

March 31, 2012 – A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Reflection for the Day

My illness is unlike most other illnesses in that denial that I am sick is a primary symptom that I am sick. Like such other incurable illnesses as diabetes and arthritis, however, my illness is characterized by relapses. In The Program, we call such relapses “slips.” The one thing I know for certain is that I alone can cause myself to slip.

Will I remember at all times that the thought precedes the action? Will I try to avoid “stinking thinking?”

Today I Pray

May God give me the power to resist temptations. May the responsibility for giving in, for having a “slip,” be on my shoulders and mine only. May I see beforehand if I am setting myself up for a slip by blame-shifting, shirking my responsibility to myself, becoming the world’s poor puppet once again. My return to those old attitudes can be as much of a slip as the act of losing my sobriety.

Today I Will Remember

Nobody’s slip-proof.

Hazelden Foundation

March 31, 2012- The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener

Saturday, March 31, 2012

We as alcoholics are so used to getting by with a miimum of effort on our part that we sometimes fail to appreciate that only those things earned have any real lasting value.

We allowed our families to cover up for us and support us, we panhandled, we were experts in the game of something for nothing.

Nothing free is worth having. AA has no initiation fees or due, but it also costs a lot if you want to get a lot. You can procure a two-bit brand of AA, but we don’t guarantee it will work.

Hazelden Foundation

March 30, 2012 – Just for Today

Just for Today

Friday, March 30, 2012

Just for today, I cannot crumble to a micro-second of temptation even if I think I do not feel tempted to try “just one” drink. Regardless of how many 24 Hours of sobriety any AA disciple has, none of us is immune from the thought, however fleeting, that maybe one drink won’t do any damage. It will, of course, as we know from bitter experience. If temptation is a human foible, it is one that none of us in recovery can afford; for us, temptation, rather, is our failure to integrate into the deepest of our souls the Program’s first four words – “Admitted we were powerless …” Temptation is also our own will run riot and rejection of the humility to relinguish our will to our Higher Power. Still, if temptation sneaks behind, may I have fully imbedded in my conscience that outcome of all those times in the past when I did give into temptation – and the memory of that outcome, God granting, is too costly and painful to bow another time to the myth that temptation creates. Today, I hope I am not tempted, but I will not take for granted that I won’t so that, if I am, I am strong and honest enough in my Program. And our common journey continues. Just for today. – Chris M., 2012

March 30, 2012 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Friday, March 30, 2012

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

Avoiding blame It is not uncommon to hear in group, “Why do these things always happen to me?” If “these things” are always happening to us, the obvious answer is that we somehow bring them on ourselves. We are largely unconscious of what we’re doing wrong until, slowly, eventually; we manage to dig ourselves out from the results. (It seems incredible that we actually seek to be hurt, but in a way many of us do so, with regularity.)

But blaming others for our problems and indulging in self-pity don’t move us along in our program.

Am I still blaming others?

Higher Power, help me take responsibility for myself and my actions, because blaming others will only keep me stuck.

From the book:

Day by Day – Second Edition by Anonymous

Day by Day © 1974, 1998 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved.