Working in a rehabilitation agency, one steeped in the twelve step tradition, I frequently find the remnants of group discussions on the copy machine. The one I found this morning would have made Bill Wilson smile, it was the perfect holiday message. "Anyone can fight the battles of just one day.It is only when you add the burden of those two awful eternities, yesterday and tomorrow that we break down. It is not the experience of today that drives us mad. It's the remorse or bitterness for something, which happened yesterday, or the dread of what tomorrow may bring. Let us therefore do our best to live but one day at a time.
Holidays are the true bastion of yesterday and tomorrow. "Remember when cousin Joe refused to come over the house last year because grandma was invited?" "What if we can't find the right tree this year?" or perhaps our all time holiday favorite "What if they don't like what we bought them (and did we spend too much or too little)?" Pressure, pain, anxiety, is it any wonder why most of us welcome the misery of putting another year behind us? So here's my early resolution - to worry about yesterday yesterday, think about tomorrow when it finally arrives and enjoy the wonders of this special season in real time. I think I'll try it out. Happy Holidays
Posted on Mon, December 15, 2014
by Bill Garr