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Letting go of Worry

What if we knew for certain that everything we’re worried about today will work out fine?

What if . . . we had a guarantee that the problem bothering us would be worked out in the most perfect way, and at the best possible time? Furthermore, what if we knew that three years from now we’d be grateful for that problem, and its solution?

What if . . . we knew that even our worst fear would work out for the best?

What if . . . we had a guarantee that everything that’s happening, and has happened, in our life was meant to be, planned just for us, and in our best interest?

What if . . . we had a guarantee that the people we love are experiencing exactly what they need in order to become who they’re intended to become? Further, what if we had a guarantee that others can be responsible for themselves, and we don’t have to control or take responsibility for them?

What if . . . we knew the future was going to be good, and we would have an abundance of resources and guidance to handle whatever comes our way?

What if . . . we knew everything was okay, and we didn’t have to worry about a thing? What would we do then?

We’d be free to let go and enjoy life.

Today, I will know that I don’t have to worry about anything. If I do worry, I will do it with the understanding that I am choosing to worry, and it is not necessary.

Everything always works out the way it’s supposed to. Prior to getting sober and prior to working the steps, I always had to be in control. I thought that it was up to me to make things happen the way that I wanted them to happen. I have learned through the 12-step program that I don’t need to be in control. I have learned to have faith. I have learned to have faith in my Higher Power and faith that everything will work out. And things always do end up working out much better than if I was in control. Being in control is exhausting and overwhelming. Being in control means that I am consumed with thinking about the future. If I just do the next indicated thing, surrender and trust my Higher Power, and let things play out, there is no need to worry. This also frees me up to be available to the present moment.

Staying Clean and Sober Allows me to Take Care of Myself

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

 

I feel good about myself since I started taking care of my body. It’s the home that goes with me each day of my life.

–Bill L. – Age 17

 

When we were using, we often neglected our bodies and personal hygiene. We may have also stopped getting regular medical and dental care. It seemed that the ups and downs of a user’s life left us with little energy for personal care.

 

Today we are surprised at how much joy we get out of smelling good and dressing with care. Many of us are developing our own personal style.

 

At first, we might need to force ourselves to call for regular checkups, but the feeling of wellness we get from being responsible for our bodies outweighs our old fears.

 

Today let me love myself enough to care about my physical health and appearance.

 

Notes on today’s thought from Hazelden:

 

I’m so grateful for my sobriety today. Prior to getting sober, I did not take the time to take care of myself. There were always things that were more important. Today, taking care of myself is a priority. I know that I have to love myself before I can love others. I exercise pretty much everyday, I eat healthy every day, I pray and meditate every day, and I get enough sleep pretty much every day. I’m definitely not perfect. However, when it comes down to it, I’m pretty good to myself. I go to the dentist every six months to have my teeth cleaned and to have a regular check-up. I go to the doctor once per year for an annual check up. Prior to getting sober, these regular check-ups weren’t important. Being good to myself allows me to be an example to others. It also gives me the time and energy to be of service to others. Staying physically fit, exercising, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep all contribute to my well-being. Loving myself also attracts other people into my life that love themselves. I’m grateful for my life in sobriety today.