“One day at a time” is the first slogan I learned to repeat as I started 12 step recovery.
I never really knew what it meant except that I had to stay sober “for one day.” I was taught that yesterday is gone, and you can’t get it back… you can’t un-ring the bell. And the future is yet un-born. In fact, the future doesn’t exist (unless you believe in a parallel universe.)
Over time, I became more aware of this moment, right now. I understand that this present moment is all we have. Past and future exist only in my head. What’s real is right now.
Even though I understand all this intellectually, I have a problem living it.
Living in the moment is hard to do because I’m still lost inside my head. And when I get lost inside my head, I have trouble staying in this present moment.
“One day at a time” is not an abstract idea: It needs to be acted upon – right now!
I think one of the things that trip me up along the way is my lack of faith. I have trouble believing that living one day at a time is going to get me where I want to go.
In a nut shell, I need to trust in the process of recovery.
‘One day at a time’ is the foundation of this process of recovery. When I start to feel anxious, I take my inventory to find out why. It’s usually about something that hasn’t happened yet – something I need to have, or something I’m afraid will happen.