Past, Present, Future

Many types of recovery programs focus on leaving the past in the past.  The assumption is, therefore, to be living and responding (vs. reacting) from a present moment perspective.  It calls for us to stop getting into the future which also takes our eyes off today.  In order to do this present moment living, one must be willing.

Again, willingness proves to be the key to our living in the moment, the now, the present.  Whether we like it or not, we must develop new skills to live in a new way.  And the nice thing is, we don’t have to like it.  We just have to do it if we want our lives to change.  Recently, a person espousing this living in the moment focus seems to be having trouble practicing what they preach.  They’re all for leaving the past in the past, however, they are still acting in the same unhelpful ways that they did in the past.  And, they are not seeing the same positive progress and forward movement in their life that other people who are trying new ways of showing up are experiencing in their lives.

It can be painful to watch them continue to practice the same old patterns that so poorly served them previously.  And there is hope.  Willingness is a decision we make every day.  We can continue the same old, same old, or we can take a chance on trying a new behavior.  When we reach out for help and ask others what works for them, their alternative solutions may be just the answer we need to dramatically change the entire projection of our lives.  It is so simple.  That doesn’t always mean it’s easy.  But we will always be supported by other members who’ve gone before us, and our Higher Power will usually surprise us as well.  When we’re willing to change, solutions seem to appear out of nowhere.  My experience is that in many cases, I could never have dreamed up the wonderful, amazing solutions that presented themselves effortlessly – when I became willing.  Thank you God, Thank you God, Thank you God.

Affirmation for the Day – ” I am willing to change. ”

Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.

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