One Good Thing

One way to become enthusiastic is
to look for the plus sign.
To make progress in any difficult situation,
you have to start with
what’s right about it and build on that.
-Norman Vincent Peale

Beginning our days with a positive mental outlook is a great depression – chaser. Simply lifting our heads and looking up and out instead of down will make us feel better. Although we can’t spend all our time staring at the sky, we can train ourselves to look for the best in ourselves and others.

Even in the middle of difficulty or pain, we have choices. We can choose a gloom-and-doom attitude and endlessly replay the thoughts that accompany it. Or we can step back and find the one good thing. We may be blinded with pain. The situation may appear hopeless, utterly bleak. But recovery guarantees that we are equal to it, that in our pain there is at least one good thing.

We are the masters of our fate. We can change even the most difficult situations with an attitude of hope and positive expectation. Approaching each day with a hopeful heart will give us a different approach to our troubles.

Today help me find the one good thing. Help me let go of fear and negativity.
(From Body, Mind and Spirit)


8 thoughts on “One Good Thing

  1. JANUARY 8
    The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure,
    have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so-called will
    power becomes practically nonexistent.

    Of course we always have the choice.
    Doesn’t God gave us free will?
    He also gives us good sense.
    It’s our choice whether to use it or not.

    It took 34 years of poor judgment and “drinking like a fish” before I came to my senses.

    I’m Harry, grateful 12th stepper.

  2. Indeed we have the power of choice minute by minute. G*D has given us free will. Today I choose to cooperate with the ebb and flow of life instead of fighting it. I will interact with my HP and be willing to say yes to life.

  3. My choice right now and today: Sobriety no matter what; connection with God; participate with AA fellowship; help others and the needy; Take a Breath, and many more. Life is good, so I will enjoy it.

    • …so I will enjoy it, yes, enjoy today’s journey, yep yep yepper! I can do that. That be the nugget I needed to hear!

  4. …a lot to be said for going with the flow…But not with clenched teeth, or passive aggressive resentment or judgement.
    Or with abandonment of the intrinsic value of self.
    But perhaps with a sense of understanding, compassion and wonder.
    So I can now choose to pray for conscious awareness of faith, of love, of beauty.
    It is my choice- to walk in His Light or My Darkness.
    Grateful for the Gift

  5. Top of the morning my brothers and sisters,
    The sun rose again in the east. I didn’t make this happen. For that, I have a chance today. That is one good thing.
    This am, after several years of attempts, I was gifted a chance to register for a schaweeet bucket list mountain bike race this May. That is on golden good thing.
    We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God. BB We Agnostics, p.46

    To paraphrase a great philosopher of the 1970’s, Alice Cooper.
    “Drinking is easy, trashing rooms is easy. But being a child of God, that’s a tough call. That’s real rebellion.”

    Today I have chance to have a good day.

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