One Day at a Time
"We learn to restructure our sick thinking one day at a time." BRB p. 590
Recovery happens, sometimes whether we're completely conscious of it or not. We just have to keep coming back and doing the work, "One day at a time."
It's amazing when we find we've been thinking about a type of situation that used to bother us, and "Poof!" It no longer has the same power over us. Maybe we encounter something that reminds us of the past, perhaps from our childhood, like how we looked at some classmates and wondered what it felt like to be in their shoes, envying them their seeming smoothness and ability to do everything right. This same "one-down" mentality was what we carried into adulthood, substituting that popular kid for someone we worked with or a neighbor or another parent. What we didn't realize was we were judging our insides by other people's outsides.
With the help of ACA and giving ourselves the time to work at our recovery, we realize that the sick thinking we carried around for so long is evaporating; we no longer look at things the same way. We think about that kid or those other people and suddenly understand the shift in our thought process. We see reality - that not everything is as it appears to be on the outside. We learn to look deeper, especially at ourselves.
On this day I know that I am not now, nor have I ever been, less than anyone else.
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