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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

The poet Henley, in his challenging poem called Invictus, says: “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”

The first thing I notice is that he speaks of “my fate,” “my soul.” If I have been behaving as though I were captain and master of anyone else, wouldn’t it be a good idea to turn my attention to managing myself?

I must also recognize, however, that my fate, and the state of my soul, doesn’t depend on me alone; I need the help of God to meet life’s challenges. No human wisdom is adequate to make life wholly satisfying and successful.

Today’s Reminder:

God will take a hand in my life if I ask for His guidance, and keep myself receptive to indications of His will for me. Before Al-Anon I took too much on myself in trying to engineer solutions. Now I know I can only make right decisions by referring my problems to Him. God must be part of my life; I will “acknowledge Him in all my ways”. Then it will be possible to rise above my difficulties.

“God dwells wherever man lets Him in.” — Martin Buber

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