One Day At A Time

Photo by Lisa Ann Burch Berlin, Germany 2017

A simple motto that sounds so easy to follow; yet is so very hard so do! 

Every Wednesday evening, I typically attend a 12- step meeting.  As most, the meeting is held in a church basement. I can always count on strong coffee with powdered creamer, no sugar because I’m sweet enough (lol); Oh yes, and they always wooden stirrers.  This particular weekly meeting has approximately 35 regular attendees, local stragglers and out of towners. I love this particular meeting due to its diversity.  Diversity in every way; I love that. 

The “program” works for many reasons; the fellowship, steps and traditions.  Using the steps of the program for other hard issues in my life has been a blessing and great tool. I want to blog about the motto ODAT today because it has saved me from self-destruction countless times and maybe this blog can help someone else.  I will proudly celebrate my 35th year of sobriety the day after Thanksgiving.

The great thing about living ODAT is you can start your day over any time you wish.  It took me a while to get this.  It’s amazing when this clicks for you!!!

When I wake up in the morning and see my husband next to me, I know it’s going to be a good day😊

I usually have my first two cups of joe before I can really function or communicate.  I’m not a morning person.  As I plan my day, I have to look at my phone calendar to clarify any appointments for the day.  My notification reminders are set for 1 hour, 30 min. and 10 min.  I can’t remember anything if it’s not written and then if I forget to write it down…I’m screwed.  So, my new Early Onset Alzheimer’s/MCI life is made of LISTS. 

Blogging is helping me think of sentence structures and subjects to write about; what my speech therapist would call Brain exercise.  I also like the idea of collaborating with new people who have the same problems and fears I have; maybe finding a new support system.  I’m enjoying the creativity of blogging.

Napping is a very important part of my day.  I experience brain fog/static by about 2:00 pm every day.  I like to sleep for an hour or two.  When I don’t nap, my cognitive issues multiply; and my short-term memory deteriorates.

I have a three year old female Siberian Husky named Zeema Gray.   Zeema Gray has so much energy!  She loves walking.  When nice weather permits, I try to walk her downtown.  I also have a recumbent bike I ride and have been dabbling in Yoga. 

Reading is also a daily pastime of mine.  It’s getting harder for me to remember what I read yesterday.  I will still try to enjoy the pages I read today.  I struggle to feel victory rather than defeat. So, today is not tomorrow, is not yesterday; it’s right now!

Make it a good or bad day…it’s your choice.


8 thoughts on “One Day At A Time

  1. Yes, we do have a lot in common! I live and die with Siri/Alexa and all my lists. I’m still doing pretty good, I have more good days then bad days. Hopefully that will continue for quite some time. I will read through more of your posts as well. I’m sorry you are going through this, but we seem to be experiencing the same things. Take care.

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    1. Yes, I will read through more of your posts. It’s nice to write to someone who is having more good days than bad. I will look forward to staying in touch.

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  2. I was trying to keep my whole life, inside my head for years.
    as a logical result I was out of control of everything.
    ideas, projects, plans, goals, names, dates, everything.
    latest and loudest distractions drove me from one crisis to the next.
    every day was filled with procrastination, rat racing and self loathing.
    then at 35! I stumbled upon this
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Getting_Things_Done

    I learned to put everything out of my head into a trusted system of lists.
    As banal as this sounds, the effect turned my life around for the better.

    Finally I had free head space to enjoy life

    podcasts
    https://www.dancarlin.com/home-hh-54/
    http://5by5.tv/b2w/95

    and audiobooks
    https://techgnosis.com/techgnosis-is-an-audiobook/

    and so much more.

    It basically became my 12 steps for everything.
    Not saying, this is for anybody other than me.
    But if you too are looking to get a grip on life, it will not hurt to try.

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    1. I love this Werner!!! It’s on point. The steps have allowed me to not be so hard on my self or others. They taught me to understand and embrace life as it is today and make it as good or bad as I want it to be. I wish that I could read in German to read your blogs. Maybe I’ll cut and post the text into a translator. I always look forward to your comments.

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    2. I read this book several years book when I worked; an excellent book. Helped so much with prioritizing my daily, short term and long term goals.

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      1. to some friends and family I am a bore with this.
        Werner, “the one who writes e v e r y t h i n g down.”
        sounds like an native american totem name, right? 😉
        I wear it with pride.
        “if it is neither on my lists nor on my calendar, it does not exist.” 😀

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  3. Thank you,
    but both of us know that my “blog” is basically a gloryfied twitter feed.
    your ‘s is way more deep, thoughtful and inspiring.
    tip to the hat!
    Werner

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