2009: History We Make Today

by The Discovering Alcoholic on January 1, 2009

2009: History We Make Today at The Discovering Alcoholic

History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today. ~ Henry Ford

New Year’s Day is a time of recollection and resolutions for most of the world, but I think it is important for those of us in recovery to remember that dwelling on the past and making promises for the future is something at which we have always excelled. The old cartoon above from 1905 is a great reminder that time marches on predictably, so we must act now before we are once again wistfully looking back at the past.

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Direct action is the key to a healthy recovery program. This does not mean one needs to set unreasonable or lofty goals; adding in simple, repetitive tasks of positive influence into our daily program like quality hygiene and family time is a great idea to mark progress and build self confidence. Confidence breeds success and before you know it, mastering the simple tasks carries over into the ability to tackle larger problems.

I like the quote cited from Henry Ford, it is very similar to the stress placed by AA on living for the day. Ford’s assembly line produced complex machines in this manner, by having workers become adept at the simple tasks that were part of the larger process. A recovery program should follow suit with the end goal being becoming efficient… at staying sober; leaving us time to work on the larger process of building a successful life. If we never master the ability to successfully navigate the day, then all we have to do to see our future is to look back at our history.

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