The newcomer is often blown away early on in meetings. When people mention how much sobriety they have, the newcomer can hardly believe his or her ears. “You mean to tell me that you haven’t had a drink or a drug in 2 years, 10 years or 25 years?” To a person new to sobriety, the thought of never having their drug of choice again is beyond their comprehension or belief system. All the more so after repeated attempts to put down their substance.
At this point in the conversation, an old timer will usually say something along the lines of, “now you’re beginning to understand what we mean when we say one day at a time”. All you have to do is stay sober today. We will worry about tomorrow when it comes. Sometimes it’s one hour or even one minute at a time. As the newcomer gains some time, they realize that this philosophy extends far beyond their drug of choice. It is the key to emotional sobriety as well. We begin to see each day as a separate opportunity for emotional, spiritual and psychological growth.
Personal Reflection: How do I make each day more manageable?