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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

When a fellow member in Al-Anon is the victim of cruelty, violence and deprivation, our aroused sympathies often tempt us to give advice. We may see so clearly that the situation is beyond human dignity, yet we must realize that not everyone has the strength of purpose to take decisive action or to make radical changes in their way of life.

If I urge someone to do what I think I would do in a similar crisis, and my advice is acted upon, the outcome may be an even greater tragedy, and I would be responsible for that.

The help I can give is to offer the thought that no one needs to feel trapped — that we do have choices in every situation.

Today’s Reminder:

I do not know what course of action is right for anyone else. I can offer only comfort and compassion, and the good example of the life I am trying to build.

“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, not rendering evil for evil. For he that will love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips that they speak no guile.”
— 1st Peter

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