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Sept. 6, 2016 – A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016

Reflection for the Day
“During acute depression,” wrote AA co-founder Bill W., “avoid trying to set your whole life in order at once. If you take on assignments so heavy that you are sure to fail in them at the moment, then you are allowing yourself to be tricked by your unconscious. Thus, you will continue to make sure of your failure, and when it comes you will have another alibi for still more retreat into depression. In short, the ‘all-or-nothing’ attitude is a most destructive one. It is best to begin with whatever the irreducible minimums of activity are. Then work for an enlargement of these – day by day.”

When I’m discouraged by setbacks, am I willing to start over?

Today I Pray
When I am immobilized by depression, may I set small, reasonable goals – as mini-mature perhaps as saying hello to a child, washing my own coffee cup, neatening my desk, offering a short prayer. May I scrap my own script for failure, which sets me up for deeper depression.

Today I Will Remember
Goals set too high set me back.

Hazelden Foundation

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