Balance

Some days I feel like a tightrope walker.
– Jeannette N.

We all perform a balancing act, trying to keep perspective on what’s important and what is not. Sometimes we fall – crazy drivers cut into our lane, the supermarket line takes forever, the baby’s crying. At those times a minor insult at work or a cross word from a friend is just too much, and we lose our cool – and our balance.

During our years of active addiction we were impulsive, living in an all-or-nothing, black-and-white world, completely out of balance. Minor slights became major issues. We were subject to any whim our distorted thoughts cooked up.

We’ve had lots of practice being out of balance, so we have to work harder to regain it, but now we have the tools to change. Our program gives us a new focus, reminds us of what’s important in our lives. We’re reminded, too, of our powerlessness over people, places, and things. These ideas are new to us at first. We thought we had to control everything and everyone around us, and so we failed. But now we’re learning how to keep our balance, and recover it when we’ve lost it. With practice, we’ll get better every day. Now, we’re learning how to let go and let God.

Today help me remember what’s important. Help me keep my balance.

Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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