In Alcoholics Anonymous they have a few quotes that I have lived by. Now I have never been to an AA meeting but I did grow up with an alcoholic stepfather. My Mom went to Al-Anon. I went to Al-Anon. Also I went to a few Adult Child of AA meetings. I grew up with the sayings and prayers and the steps. The foundation of AA is the 12 Steps, but I am not going to talk about that today. I want to focus on the prayer. One of my favorites is:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
– Reinhold Niebuhr
I have repeated that to myself so many times. It is the kind of prayer that allows you to let go. To know when to give up control. To just stop and release your fears.
The second quote is:
One Day at a Time
So simple is that saying. So beautiful. It brings us back to the present. Allows us to know that the big picture can be overwhelming. So just think of the day. When everything feels so difficult. When you feel like you are drowning in a sea of emotion. One Day at a Time.
If you can’t deal with the day. If that is too hard to manage. You can break it down even further. One Hour at a Time.
Sometimes when you are in despair and even an hour seems too long. One Minute at a Time.
Again there is a release. I can do this. I got this.
This is how I am approaching my food choices. I have eaten too much and now feel gross. I physically hurt. I mentally feel cloudy. And I am just feeling sad and unhappy. But I can’t look at the big picture or it freaks me out. I can’t think of the end result because I know I will be discouraged before I even try. So I am going to take this One Day at a Time. And when that feels overwhelming it will be…
One Bite at a Time