The Past, Present and Future

Old 10-06-2017, 07:39 AM
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The Past, Present and Future

I can’t do anything about

The Past

What’s done is done. I can’t change it. No sense beating myself up about it or feeling “shame”. I had an illness, partially as a result of my doing, partially due to other things beyond my control. I can’t forget it but I shouldn’t dwell on it when there’s work to be done in

The Present

Living in the "Now", there are things I can do, like not taking a drink, like helping others, particularly if I’m depressed. I find the best way to relieve my depression is to find someone else who’s depressed and try to cheer up him or her. And if someone’s drinking or just had a relapse or “slip” all I can do is say “that sure happened to me”. But I have ro realize that if anyone’s going to get better they should do it for themselves, not for anyone else. And I can’t “fix” it. Shouldn’t try. When I was drinking if anyone tried to “fix” or “cure” me it always made it worse.

The Future

Tomorrow is something I can’t control although I can try to minimize the problems I might encounter in the future by doing what I can do today, Now, in the Present. Like not drinking. No one can really predict the future, particularly in the times in which we live. But we can influence others like our kids, to make life easier for them, avoid some of the mistakes we have made, be open with them about drinking, substance abuse and other things. Helping them in this way will make their future better and that will make me happier, something I have done to make their world a better place.
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Old 10-06-2017, 07:41 AM
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Perfect timing!!
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The Past was (and still is to an extent) the hardest thing for me to get over and "accept." Rationally, I know I can't change what's happened, and I need to learn from these mistakes, but emotionally it doesn't change how those mistakes make me feel. For me, it's using those feelings as the prime motivator for my sobriety.

The past can't be changed but it shouldn't be forgotten. If used correctly, the past is one heck of a tool.

Living in my "Now." Today it's for me, but it's for my little girl too. It's for my job that I've worked so hard to get. It's for positive interactions with EVERYBODY, whether it's a close friend, or saying Good Morning to a stranger.

My future, for happiness. For a family, the one thing I want for myself more then anything.

Thank you for the post.
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Wise and helpful words - thank you so much
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great wisdom Bill - thank you

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Old 10-07-2017, 03:04 AM
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Thanks for your share on this .

I read Echart Tole book the power of now but cant quite grasp it . I think what he teaches is hard to do living in the now , this moment , "all there is is now" he says I found it impossible .
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