Wednesday, October 24, 2012

One Day At A Time


One Day At A Time

The past few weeks I’ve allowed things over which I have no control to adversely impact my attitude and physical well being – a clear indication that I needed to attend an Al Anon meeting.

Since I no longer live with active alcoholism and have been in recovery for many years, I sometimes believe I’ve got all the tools of the program embedded in my psyche and can skip meetings for several weeks.  I forget that I need the support of the group and the experience, strength and hope of other members to keep myself on an even keel.

The challenges of every day life can at times seem overwhelming to the point that I can forget my blessings and allow dormant fears and anxieties to rise to the surface and rob me of the serenity I’ve worked so long and hard to attain. I’ve found myself wallowing in frustration and allowing things over which I have no control to affect me.

The meeting I attended this evening focused on the Al Anon slogans. In particular I was reminded to take “one day at a time”.  Focus on today.   I’ve neglected to hop out of bed and say to myself with absolute certainty: I am blessed to have today and will make it a fabulous day!  When I start each day with a positive attitude that it will be a good day, it always is.  When I allow negativity to infiltrate my attitude, things don’t go so well.

Fortunately, my positive focused yoga class and the subsequent Al Anon meeting helped me hit my reset button.  I need reminding constantly that I have it within myself to live a life of  fulfillment, peace and serenity and I am thankful for the friend and the resources I have that keep me balanced.
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