“The successful always has a number of projects planned, to which he looks forward. Any one of them could change the course of his life overnight.” — Mark Caine
The “one day at a time” principle is the guiding light in keeping our minds from racing. In early recovery we often feel as if staying clean and sober is impossible and we just throw in the towel! Once we are back in the throws of our addiction we end up thinking, “I did it again, how did this happen? I am never going to make it”!
The principles; “One day at a time”, “step by step”, “take it as it comes”, “first things first”, all offer us the courage to get through any challenge or adversity and everything in between. What it is not, is a license to let our lives pass us by. We do not get sober to fail in our lives. We are highly intelligent and resourceful people. We have abilities that extend beyond many other people in life. We are advantaged over others when we recover due to our ability to endure and overcome adversity.
Too often we buy into the idea that we are not worthy of success. We tell ourselves that we are not worth it or we do not deserve it. That is why the 12-step process is so important. It allows us to recognize our challenge (allergy), take action, clear out the dirty laundry of our past and move on in a way that is productive. We do not get sober to live as a martyr, mired in guilt and shame. We get sober to be productive, resourceful pillars of our family and communities and in some cases the world! Life is good!
Go, Go, Go…