Anxiety? Fear? – A tool to survive!

by mikea44646 on January 2, 2010

A student at FFS, a boarding schools for troubled teens, asked me if I had read the 12 step based reading today from the book “Twenty-four Hours a Day”published by Hazelden. I had not.  The young man (16yrs old) had been upset – anxious about some of the damage his behavior had caused in his relationship with his mother prior to coming to the school.  He was waiting for her arrival to visit and was nervous. He then said that today’s reading was helpful to him and suggested that I read it. So upon the return to my desk, I did. It is good and I too appreciate how God works though people – because the reading had a reminder for me – applicable for today.

The message for me was the reminder that my life is more effective and serene when I focus my energies on things that I have real control over – not what I want to have control over.  This Idea is not new – it is a fundamental idea shared though out the self help literature, personal and business development strategies and can be found in expressions such as “I over E” meaning use your intellect over your emotions or “Think before you leap”. It is also a fundamental idea found in the popular book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”.

Although the reading itself is written with a specific focus on alcoholism and addiction, the message is applicable to life in general. I am NOT an alcoholic but still find the messages in the “Twenty-Four Hours a Day” and the 12 Step approach to living vital to the quality of my life. There are many enormously helpful tools in the self help model that I live by and that we use at FFS. 

The message in today’s reading is one that echo’s the Serenity prayer.  Peace and Serenity is my wish for all as we move into 2010. 

Happy New Year & God Bless you all.

Saturday, January 2, 2010
You are reading from the book Twenty Four Hours a Day Hardcover (24 Hours)

A.A. Thought for the Day

What makes A.A. work? The first thing is to have a revulsion against myself and my way of living. Then I must admit I was helpless, that alcohol had me licked and I couldn’t do anything about it. The next thing is to honestly want to quit the old life. Then I must surrender my life to a Higher Power, put my drinking problem in His hands and leave it there. After these things are done, I should attend meetings regularly for fellowship and sharing. I should also try to help other alcoholics. Am I doing these things?

Meditation for the Day

You are so made that you can only carry the weight of twenty-four hours, no more. If you weigh yourself down with the years behind and the days ahead, your back breaks. God has promised to help with the burdens of the day only. If you are foolish enough to gather again that burden of the past and carry it, then indeed you cannot expect God to help you bear it. So forget that which lies behind you and breathe in the blessing of each new day.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may realize that, for good or bad, past days have ended. I pray that I may face each new day, the coming twenty-four hours, with hope and courage.

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Dawn Finlay January 2, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Thanks Mike! I needed this reminder too!

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Reggie Kieserman January 17, 2010 at 5:12 am

Great article on anxiety and wonderful message on gratitude by the magnificent Elie Wiesel. Thanks-will pass this onto Ben. Love, Reggie

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Reggie Kieserman January 17, 2010 at 5:18 am

Great article on anxiety and wonderful statement by the esteemed Elie Wiesel. Thanks-will pass this onto Ben.
Love, Reggie

Happiness is like manna– it has to be gathered and enjoyed every day. Tryon Edwards

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