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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

Have I the courage to face up to the problems that alcoholism has brought into my life? Can I believe that my situation is not really. hopeless, and that I am capable of improving it? Can I keep myself cheerful when everything seems to be leading me to despair?

The answers could be YES, if I refuse to accept the alcoholic’s responsibilities and leave them to him, regardless of the consequences. I could overcome my hopelessness by opening my eyes to the troubles other people live with, so often much worse than mine. I could bring myself to a brighter view of life if I weren’t always feeling sorry for myself; despair is often a mask for self-pity.

Today’s Reminder:

Three things I will practice every day from now on:

  1. I will stop being a crutch for the alcoholic.
  2.  I will not let myself concentrate on the distressing features of my present existence, but will look for the good things in it.
  3. I will remind myself that self-respect can relieve me of the need for pity, my own and others’.

“…in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength…”
– Book of Common Prayer

From the book “One Day at a Time in Al-Anon”. © Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. 1973