New beginnings are a great thing

by:  NCCA Member, Fr. Rich Lewandowski

New beginnings are a great thing.  They offer us an opportunity to start anew…to dedicate, rededicate, to commit or recommit ourselves to an objective or goal.

For many, the start of a new year is a time for resolutions, and resolutions are our ‘friends’.  They offer us an opportunity to begin anew and to set goals that give direction to our lives.

What would we like to see happen in our lives

  • physically—lose weight; quit smoking; exercise…
  • spiritually—do some spiritual reading; take a course in religion or theology…
  • socially—engage in some sports activity;  join a camera club…
  • relationally—contact high school or college classmates;  connect with networking groups within our industry or community…
  • with our recovery—participate in an AWOL or step-study;  attend or start a parish recovery program;  attend an AA related seminar, retreat, or alumni gathering of our treatment center where we started our road to recovery…
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Making New Year’s resolutions and setting goals for ourselves verifies that we are alive and still growing.  Recording those resolutions and goals on a piece of paper and reflecting on them when we do our morning prayers and daily meditations helps to keep those goals in the forefront of our minds.  Remembering the AA message that we seek “progress not perfection” will keep us going and prevent us from quitting or giving up on ourselves and/or our goals.

Bishop John H. Vincent wrote a morning prayer to help keep himself mindful of his resolutions every day of the New Year.  I share it with you along with my hope that we might consider it a beneficial aide in rededicating ourselves to living our recovery and being faithful to our resolutions ‘one day at a time’ every day of this new year.

I will this day
try to live
a simple, sincere and serene life
repelling promptly every thought
of discontent, anxiety, discouragement, impurity and self seeking.
Cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity and a habit of holy silence,
exercising economy in expenditure,
carefulness in conversation,
diligence in appointed service,
fidelity to every trust
and a child-like trust in God.

God’s grace be with you every day of this new year.