How many times have you sat around thinking, “Boy, I wish I would’ve handled that differently.” or “I can’t believe I messed that up.”
I was at a meeting at church the other night and Pastor opened up with a devotional from the book “Twenty-Four Hours a Day” from Hazelden Publishing. It is a book frequently used in AA meetings. I have been trying to learn as much as I can about addiction lately and I was sort of mesmerized by the devotion (I love God’s timing). In summary, it spoke of not worrying about yesterday because it is done. Not worrying about tomorrow because it is not yet here. Instead, we should focus on today.
Its tough not to dwell or worry about what has happened in our lives. Maybe you had a tough day and took your anger out on a friend that didn’t deserve it. Maybe you are wishing you could take back a bad decision.
Guess what? You can’t take back what was said. You can’t undo what has already been done. So, why worry about it? I do it too. I worry all the time. I make myself feel horrible for things I have said or done and dwell on the past.
What about tomorrow? We aren’t there yet. We are at today. Focus on the present, but remain hopeful and optimistic for tomorrow.
For individuals in recovery, focusing on yesterday or tomorrow can be a slippery slope. But, focusing on just today can help people stay focused on sobriety.
My life has been somewhat surrounded by addiction. It’s a horrible thing and I love how this little black book emphasizes the simple principals of AA.
And, I can’t help but think how much easier life could be if we just focused on today. Not just for individuals in recovery. For myself, I began to think about the goals I have. I worry about how far away those goals seem. What if we simplified it? Think about the goals you might have:
Maybe you want to become an elite athlete? Break down your goals. What can you do today to lose those last 10 pounds? What can you do today to make that career change you’ve been dreaming about? Maybe you want to be more social? Go join that book club.
Go get it. Today is just twenty-four hours. Make them count.