One of the benefits I receive by attending Nar-Anon meetings is that I see and do things differently than I had in the past. “Easy does it” was hard for me. I had always believed that there were only two ways to do something, the right way and the wrong way. I also believed that the easiest way generally was not the right way. In an effort to make things right as I saw them, I complicated a difficult situation, tried to force what I thought were the best solutions, and thus assured myself that I was helping. As it turns out, I was doing very little right, but instead was making my life a complicated mess. In Nar-Anon, I have learned not to be critical of others’ or my own actions. I do not have to see everything as right or wrong. So today, I do the best I can, as I have always done, but now without the personal recriminations that I am not trying hard enough and things are not happening fast enough. I am more accepting when things do not go the way I planned. Life throws enough challenges my way, so I do not need to seek them out or create new ones on my own.

Thought for Today: I would not plan a trip by selecting the route with the most road construction. By applying the slogan “Easy does it,” I can work with what I have, and let the rest go. The road construction is there for a reason and will eventually make my life better, but all I can do in this moment is drive slowly through while I await the results.

“Be mindful of each moment in your day. Slow down! Your journey is not only about arriving at your destination. The journey is the journey. The end is not the journey. The destination will be what it will be, but did you enjoy the way?” ~ Ron Rathbun