Trust the process

“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.