Living one day at a time is a way of thinking adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Each individual in recovery is only required to get through the next 24 hours clean and sober. The idea of never having a drink or use again may seem daunting, so taking each day as it comes without thinking about tomorrow can appear much more manageable.
It means being present in the moment and focusing on the here and now. So taking it one day at a time (or even each minute at a time) to deal with things as they occur and not worry about the future.
One Day at a Time Quotes Regarding the Future
“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
This sentiment may be the most basic way to look at the future…it doesn’t come crashing down on us. Instead, it occurs moment by moment, hour by hour, and day by day.
“I try to live my life one day at a time, and if I look too far in advance, I get really stressed.” ~ Hope Solo
This thought expands on Lincoln’s idea. We don’t have to think about what it will be like to be sober forever. Stress makes us depressed and can cause anxiety, unhealthy emotions that can lead us to consider relapse.
“No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don’t look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment.” ~ Bob Parsons
The present can be challenging at times, but nothing lasts forever. Living in the present means not assuming that the future will be better or worse.
“Time is what prevents everything from happening [all] at once.” ~ John Archibald Wheeler
Again, the future happens in the present moment and in increments. This fact can make each minute easier with which to deal.
“Everyone is lonely, we have to remember that life is to be lived one day at a time. You cannot worry about the past or future. Happiness is in the now.” ~ Claudia Gray
“Everyone is lonely,” but everyone need not be lonely all of the time. Finding happiness can depend on how one interprets it or makes the best of the current situation.
“I’m just taking it one day at a time. Actually, that’s a total lie. I always think about what’s in front of me.” ~ Julianne Hough
This statement expresses another break down of the one-day-at-time sentiment to one situation, one moment at a time.
“I believe that the best way to prepare for a Future Life is to be kind, live one day at a time, and do the work you can do best, doing it as well as you can.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
This statement suggests that preparing is not wrong but must also come with managing time each day, doing what you need to do, and performing and behaving to the best of one’s ability to foster better moments in the future.
“Many times, the decisions we make affect and hurt your closest friends and family the most. I have a lot of regrets in that regard. But God has forgiven me, which I am very thankful for. It has enabled me to forgive myself and move forward one day at a time.” ~ Lex Luger
This thought adds the element of spirituality. The ones we hurt may or may not forgive us, but our personal God or higher power as we know him will, and this belief alone can help us get through some very dark times.
“I’m taking each day one day at a time and building up my strength and endurance. It’s crazy because it takes no time at all to lose everything you have and then so much time to gain it back.” ~ Michelle McCool
This statement mentions how easy it is to lose “everything you have” and takes so much time and energy to get it back. Moreover, it will take a tremendous amount of motivation, work, and patience, but we should never give up, no matter the obstacles we are facing.
Getting Professional Help for Addiction
Substance abuse and addiction may be extremely challenging to overcome, but fortunately, effective treatment and support are available for those who suffer. At Just Believe Recovery, we offer comprehensive, custom-tailored rehab programs and services in residential and intensive outpatient formats.
Therapeutic services and activities we offer include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Medical detox
- Behavioral therapy
- Individual/family counseling
- 12-step group support
- Substance abuse education
- Health and wellness education
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Art and music therapy
- Aftercare planning
- Alumni events