05-06: Tool for Today

If the glass is always half empty get a smaller glass. If the glass is always overflowing get a bigger glass.

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05-06: I can count on my Higher Power.

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

Reflection for the Day

Change is the characteristic of all growth. From drinking to sobriety, from dishonesty to honesty, from conflict to serenity, from childish dependence to adult responsibility – all this and infinitely more represent change for the better. Only God is unchanging; only God has all the truth there is. Do I accept the belief that lack of power was my dilemma? Have I found a power by which I can live – a Power greater than myself?

Today I Pray

I pray that The Program will be, for me, an outline for change – for changing me. These days of transition from active addiction to sobriety, from powerlessness to power through God, may be rocky, as change can be. May my restlessness be stilled by the unchanging nature of God, in whom I place my trust.

Today I Will Remember

I can count on my Higher Power.

You are reading from the book:

A Day at a Time (Softcover) by Anonymous

A Day at a Time © 1989 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the permission of Hazelden.

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04-06: Tool for Today

Know that no matter how bleak and dark your past may be, your future is clean, bright and clear if you stay sober just for today.

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04-06: “It might have been.”

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, “It might have been.”
–John Greenleaf Whittier

Unless we live in the now, we are in danger of suffering the agony of regret. We can’t spend all our time thinking “life’s not fair.” We cannot afford to excuse everything with “what ifs?” We used those words constantly during the years we wasted on obeying compulsions we knew could destroy us.

We remember the years before recovery and accept them as object lessons of what it could be like again if we become careless or complacent. But we don’t regret them. Regret only leads to depression and perhaps a return to active addiction.

We must stop dwelling on the impossibility of undoing the wrongs of yesterday. Instead, we must begin enjoying the “right things” that are now possible in recovery.

It is impossible to relive my past. I can only create a good past now by living this day the best way I can, so that tomorrow I can look back without having to say “It might have been.”

You are reading from the book:

Easy Does It by Anonymous

Easy Does It © 1999 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the permission of Hazelden.

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03-06: Tool for the Day

Avoid overdoing it, don’t switch one addiction for workaholism.

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03-06: Don’t miss out on today’s learning experiences.

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

Don’t miss out on today’s learning experiences.

They won’t come again. We will never have another day exactly like today, so let’s take advantage of the lessons we’re offered.

We don’t like to make mistakes, and we don’t like to be in situations that are fraught with stress, but mistakes and distress seem to go along with being human and alive. Both can be turned into sound learning experiences.

We don’t learn if we try to deny or ignore the situation we don’t like or don’t handle well. How much better if we can accept the difficulty, see how we have contributed to it, and arrive at a positive course of action. And how often it helps to talk about the problem with someone else instead of pridefully insisting on muddling through alone. Very likely, we will discover that today’s richest learning experiences are those we share with others.

I will accept the lessons today offers and share them with someone else so that we both can grow.

You are reading from the book:

Inner Harvest by Elisabeth L.

Inner Harvest by Elisabeth L. © 1990 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the permission of Hazelden.

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02-06: Tool for the Day

Remember you exist with a purpose.

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