Friday, Jan. 2, 2015
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
The new is but the old come true; each sunrise sees a new year born.
— Helen Hunt Jackson
We know that a totally new life can begin on any day of a year, at any hour of the day, or at any moment of an hour. That new life began the moment we decided to surrender and admit to powerlessness over a substance or an impulse. It began when we accepted the fact that we needed help and could receive it simply by asking.
Many of us used to choose New Year’s Day as a time for making good resolutions and swearing off bad habits. When we failed, we simply shrugged and said, “Maybe I can start tomorrow, next week – or next New Year’s Day.” We were always going to “turn over a new leaf.”
Now, in recovery, we no longer depend on doing it all alone. We know we can stay abstinent only by sharing with fellow members.
Let me remember, each day in recovery is another milestone. I no longer have to use a calendar.
You are reading from the book:
Easy Does It © 1999 by Hazelden Foundation