It seems to me that the 24-hour day is a unit of measure that God created to help us learn to deal with our problems and pleasures. The slogan “One Day at a Time” reminds me of this daily rhythm. Within the time period framed by sunrise and sunset, I face the toil and pleasures of life. Then there is rest, as I temporarily let go of my problems and lay my mind and body to rest to replenish my reserve.
I find this daily rhythm echoed within the Twelve Steps. I work the S-Anon program as hard as I can, share in fellowship, and do service “Just for Today.” Then I can rest and let go of unfinished business through working Step Ten, trusting God to hold it for me while I slumber. Upon awakening, I work Step Eleven and renew my awareness that, for this day only and with God’s help, I will have the ability to tackle all the day will hold.
S-Anon has taught me that I need not be overwhelmed if I employ the tools of the program. Recovery in my day-to-day tasks and interactions is one of my greatest rewards.
Reprinted from S-Anon’s Reflections of Hope, page 299.