Friday 15 December 2017

Alcoholics Anonymous taught me not to despise corny sayings

Having made many bad choices, Mary Kenny learned from Alcoholics Anonymous -
Having made many bad choices, Mary Kenny learned from Alcoholics Anonymous - "I am responsible". Photo: Getty Images.
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

If I have something boring, difficult or daunting to do, my natural inclination is to procrastinate – doesn't everyone? But I have developed a working tactic. "You don't have to do it all. Just do a little bit. Life is an hour at a time."

It is one of the many lessons that I learned from Alcoholics Anonymous, which I regard as one of the world's most effective organisations. Every business could learn something from the philosophy of AA, let alone any individual with a destructive or addictive habit to overcome. When life is challenging, or painful, or even unendurable, just think "a day at a time"; or if need be "an hour at a time". Don't project into the future.

I once asked: "How will I get through Christmas without a drink?" I was told: "You could be dead by Christmas. Don't project."

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