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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

Somebody once said: “The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is in how you use them.”

It’s a comforting thought that nobody can put stumbling blocks in my way, because I’m learning how to use them to step on as I progress to a saner way of living.

There’s no discounting the troubles caused by alcoholism — they’re big and terrifying. But I can refuse to let them block my path. I can imagine that each is one of the Twelve Steps. At least I have God’s gift of sobriety to help me, unlike the sick alcoholic who is tripped up again and again by a built-in stumbling block!

Today’s Reminder:

Obstacles cannot keep me from finding the good in my life and following where it leads. Nothing can get in the way of this — unless I allow it.

Al-Anon invites me to take this action: to change my view of myself and the world I am creating around me.

“…men may rise on stepping-stones of their dead selves to higher things.” — Tennyson, In Memoriam

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