Today's thought from Hazelden is:
A man is what he thinks about all day long.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is true for women too. We sure learned that about our disease as
well. It kept us thinking about alcohol or drugs all day every day
until we could think of little else. Finally we became addicts, gobbled
up by our all consuming thoughts and cravings.
Now in recovery, we can be something else. We are becoming free of our
addiction, and our minds can think about other things. What do we want
to think about? What do we want to be?
It's easy to let the noise around us tell us what to think about. At
the end of the day, we can end up feeling out of touch with who we are.
We've been giving our minds to whatever is on the radio, television, or
the gossip grapevine at work or school. That's why it's good to spend
part of each day thinking about things we truly think are important and
Prayer for the Day
Higher Power, Help me understand that what I do with my mind
and my time is important. What I do with my mind is my inner life. What
I do with my time is my outer life. Together they define who I am.
I will think about the way I use my mind and my time today. What
feels good and fits for me? Is there anything I want to do differently
ovember 24, 2008
Quote of the Week
"I'm in the action business, and God is in the results business."
I was at my local Starbucks last week, and I ran into a friend who is
in the program. He asked me how I was doing and I told him how
overwhelmed and scared I felt, and that's when he reminded me that
there are some things I can control, and some things I can't. As soon
as he said this, I felt a great relief because I realized at once that
I had been trying to control everything again.
Before recovery that's how I lived my life. I planned everything, took
massive action, and then I tried to control the results. It was
exhausting living that way, but without a Higher Power in my life, I
didn't dare let go of anything. What a gift (and relief!) it was to
learn that my real role in life is to suit up and show up and then turn
the results over to God.
As we kept talking, he told me that all I had to do was take the next
indicated action and then turn it over. When I looked at it this way, I
was comforted because I knew I could control setting the next
appointment or taking the next test, and as I released the results I
released the tension and worry as well.
Today, I remind myself that I am in the action business, and God is in the results business.
How often have I had a dream I longed to pursue, but quit
before I started because it seemed too enormous a task to attempt?
Going back to school, moving, taking a trip, changing jobs, all these
and many other goals can seem overwhelming at first.
Al-Anon reminds me to "Keep It Simple." Instead of approaching the task
as a whole, I can simplify it by taking only one step at a time. I can
gather information- -and do nothing more. Then, when I'm ready, I can
take the project further. That takes some of the pressure off having to
know all the answers and solve every problem that may arise before I've
I am also free to try something and then change my mind. I do not have
to make a lifetime commitment before I even know whether or not my goal
My plans may involve many actions ans many risks, but I don't have to
tackle them all today. I can take my time and move step by step at my
own pace. By focusing on one thing at a time, the impossible can become
likely if I "Keep It Simple."
With the help of Al-Anon and my Higher Power, I am capable of many
things I could not even have considered before. I may even be capable
of pursuing my heart's desire.
"All glory come from daring to begin."
Eugene F. Ware
From "Courage to Change", page 328, copyright 1992,
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