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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

When violent quarrels take place in the home, both partners fail to realize that their intense involvement with each other can destroy what should be a sacred relationship. With those who are closest to us, we are most apt to forget the consideration we owe to one another. We learn, in Al-Anon, that we can set a new tone in the home by such a simple thing as courtesy — consistent, gentle courtesy, to every member of the family, including the littlest one.

Today’s Reminder:

A quiet, composed response to an enraged attack can “take the wind out of the sails” of the attacker like so much magic. What can I possibly lose trying it? At least it will add to my own dignity and stature to say nothing I will later regret.

“Of Courtesy: it is much less Than courage of heart or holiness. Yet in my walks it seems to me That the grace of God is in Courtesy.”
— Hilaire Belloc, Courtesy

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