I am really grateful for this one-day-at-a-time program. When I learn to live this day only, I become more realistic about what is in my power.
Even in approaching problems, today I accept that "This too shall pass." I used to have such fear, believing I was irresponsible if I did not solve a problem immediately. I thought that without my prompt action, each problem would remain--forever! Everything passes eventually, even problems. Knowing that some problems solve themselves, has helped me to stop, look, and listen.. to Reason, and not my Fear.
The program encourages my "reasoning things out" with a program buddy or coming to a meeting for perspective. Am I truly focused on the present, or am I feeling guilt about the past and worry about the future, instead? Once I get back in the present, "I do what I can and turn over the rest."
By asking myself, "What can I do about this now?" I can see more manageable ways to move a problem to resolution. I am better able to see my responsibility and see where I actually have influence.
Today, when I am faced with difficult problems, I am better able to see where my responsibility lies. I improve things in smaller increments, and feel a good deal less urgency. I listen to my inner voice, knowing there are program tools I can use to deal with my challenges today. I will let my Higher Power take care of tomorrow.
"Today is only a small manageable section of time in which our difficulties need not overwhelm us. This lifts from our hearts and minds the heavy weight of both past and future." One Day at a Time in Al-anon