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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

The time I spend in reviewing the past, mourning over past mistakes and failures, is time lost. This is why the twenty-four-hour concept, both in AA and Al-Anon, is so strongly emphasized.

Our yesterdays have no importance except as experience in making today more fruitful. Regrets and self-condemnation for what we did or left undone, only destroy the self-esteem we could derive from a balanced view of ourselves.

Today’s Reminder:

Regrets for hurtful things I have done to others may be healed by making amends as well as I can. Regrets for missed opportunities will vanish as I try to make wise choices today. Let me fill this one day with thoughts and actions I will have no need to regret. Let me undertake only as much as I can accomplish well, without haste or tension.

“Just for today I will live through this one day only and not tackle all my problems at once. Those of the past need not concern me today; future ones can be faced as they arise.” — From Al-Anon’s “Just for Today”

From the book “One Day at a Time in Al-Anon”. © Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. 1973