Camel wrote:What's important is how are you living today? What are you doing to get through a day, today, without taking a drink? Who, or what, gets the credit for that? That's all people like us want to know. Think about that before you speak next time. We come here to learn how to live sober.
Hub, just replied to one of my post with the above quote -- and I liked it so much, I thought it would make a good new topic for discussion! (Thanks, Hub!)
It's real easy for us alcoholics to get stuck in our sordid and morbid past.
The past is not important.
The past is not going to keep us sober.
The past is not going to be what makes our lives get better.
The most important thing is: "What am I doing now? And, HOW am I doing it?"
If I'm not doing something today -- that's at least a little bit different than I did yesterday, it won't be long until I've totally slipped into my past way of doing things -- and of living my life.
It's that constant, disciplined, consistent and persistent effort -- to move forward in Life, which will make the determining difference in my todays and my yesterdays of the future.
What am I doing differently TODAY? Not this week. Not lately. Not yesterday. TODAY.
How, am I doing it any different TODAY -- than I did it yesterday?
I learned that my changes do not have to be fast and dramatic. They just need to be tiny little incremental changes -- which over time, really make a difference in my life.
I had a pilot of an airplane tell me once (I'm not a pilot) that an airplane spends most of is time "off course".
So, I ask him -- "If it's off course most of the time -- how the heck does it ever get to where it's going?"
He replied, "Because the pilot and the instruments spend most of their time & effort -- getting the plane back on course." Really?
I thought to myself -- that's almost like a metaphor of my life! LOL. I spend most of my time off course -- and most of my effort is spent on getting back on course. Tiny changes -- to keep me on course, that will eventually change my destiny and my landing place in life.