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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

A member once said: “The Twelve Steps were designed for desperate people like us—as a short-cut to God. When we accept them and use them, we find they open the way to using our God- given abilities which we have allowed to lie dormant.”

The Steps are like a medicine which many of us won’t bother to take, although we know they can heal us of the sickness of despair, frustration, resentment and self-pity. Why is this? It may be we have a deep-rooted desire for martyrdom. Consciously we think we want help, but some dark and hidden sense of guilt makes us crave punishment more than we want relief from our ills.

Today’s Reminder:

No one really needs to suffer unhappiness and discontent, or be deprived of the good things of life. We can find the way out by daily study of The Twelve Steps. This wholesome spiritual philosophy will help us find our way into the light of a good life.

“I pray for the willingness to accept the difficult discipline of the Twelve Steps. Living with such a guide make a life increasingly worthwhile.”

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