Thursday, 8 February 2018

Today’s Gift #essentialsofrecovery

When I look back on all these worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened.

—Winston Churchill

A rolled-up ball of yarn does not take up much space – it sits, ready to be used when needed. It gets unrolled a little bit at a time – just as much as is needed and no more. But a ball of yarn that gets unraveled can be strewn across an entire room. It becomes a jumbled mass, entangled and confusing.

When we live our lives a day at a time, we are like that rolled-up ball of yarn. Our thoughts, feelings, and skills are ready to be used as they are needed. But when we worry, our spirit becomes a jumbled mass of yarn. We get ahead of and behind ourselves – our thoughts are scattered and often our feelings are confused. Worry adds clutter and confusion to life.

What is most helpful is to put the worry away–to roll up the ball of yarn and bring ourselves into the present moment. In this way, we stand ready for each new stitch–and we will never be given more than we are able to handle.

Do I have worries that are cluttering my life today?
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