If you’ve ever heard the phrase “one day at a time”, you may have wondered exactly what that means in recovery. At face-value, it seems quite simple—we don’t drink or use drugs during our day, without considering whether we will or will not tomorrow. However, “one day at a time” is more complex and requires the incorporation of a daily reprieve. A reprieve is defined as a postponement of punishment or delay of execution. For a man or woman in recovery, this means each day we are given the opportunity to postpone the inevitability of our drinking or drug use. As people suffering from the disease of addiction, we know that, if running on our own self-will and decision-making, we will drink or use again unless we are able to rely on a power greater than ourselves to help us maintain our sobriety one day at a time. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “we are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.” Through this spiritual connection, we allow our thoughts and behaviors to be directed by our own conception of a power greater than ourselves rather than our own selfish and flawed decision making. Each morning we pray and meditate, asking that out thinking be “divorced from self-pity, dishonest, or self-seeking motives.” Throughout the day, we continually pray for the right answer when faced with indecision. Overtime, we find that our thoughts become “more and more on the plane of inspiration” and inspiration “gradually becomes a working part of the mind.” As our thinking constantly becomes more aligned with our spiritual connection, we are able to constantly maintain spiritual growth in our recovery. Self-will has proven to be disastrous for us, but when we decide to give up our self-will each day and “pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action,” we find ourselves in much less danger of making poor decisions that could potentially put our sobriety at risk. We relax and take it easy, allowing ourselves to be guided throughout the day carrying the virtues of selflessness, honesty, and inspiration.
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