Every day I choose to have a good day or a bad day. It’s up to me. And that can make me resistant. It would be so much easier to run my attitude around the way another person is acting, or something else outside of me. Blaming is tempting. Excuses, excuses. But really, it’s all up to me.
Okay, so that said I’m looking around today to see the sun shining brightly – despite the minus 13 degrees outside. My husband is working – yeah! I get to take a meeting to a member who’s homebound from surgery, and attend a 12 Step event tonight with a woman grieving her husband’s death last month – she’s so inspiring. I’m warm, well fed and looking forward to the day. The cat is fat (not too) and happy, and there is much planned for this next week which will fill me up in wonderful ways.
Today is a gift, and an art project of sorts in that I can contribute to the way it touches me and others. My husband is struggling right now – for him life is a challenge. This is a yearly thing in that he seems to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD so I’m prepared. I know that it’s important for my sanity, serenity and sobriety to treat him with respect and allow him the dignity to process through this opportunity for growth. And I see all of our challenges as opportunities for growth. He has the tools of the program to apply, the skills he learned in treatment, good food, nutritional supplements and this year he also has work to focus on – something lacking in other years due to the seasonal nature of his work. Anyway, he has the tools – and I hope he applies them. These two months are always his toughest. I’m minding my own business mostly other than expressing my concern and offers of support. Taking care of myself is the best thing I could do for him anyway. I have plenty to attend to each day; sponsee calls and Step work, school, new work, the cat, planning some new creation for dinner (my favorite new past time!) and today I started planning the garden for this year! My days are full and blessed, because they started with me and my Higher Power in prayer and my Gratitude List. With meetings and meditation, they shape my attitude and help me keep on track for a good day. Even a perfect day, despite the distractions available. I get to choose how to frame the day and that is a great gift of the program and the progress it allows. And the added bonus is that my choices can make a positive impact in the lives of others. That is the best part of all!
Affirmation for the Day – ” I am willing to see what’s good.”
Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.
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