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
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