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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

It is really a pity we cannot go to market and buy ourselves a big chunk of sense-of-humor, just as we would buy a package of yeast. They do about the same kind of job: yeast gives lightness and pleasant texture and taste to bread; the bit of humor works to lighten the heavy seriousness of our daily living, and smooths out the rough spots in our communication with each other.

Today’s Reminder:

I want to remember, every time I’m tempted to take a heavy, somber view of a happening, that it may not be so bad after all. Maybe, if I look closely, it has an element of fun — fantasy, absurdity or even a relieving silliness. My mood makes it look black when I could spark it with a dash of rosy pink.

I’ll try to look for the things that can add gayety to my life, to offset the solemn or troubling ones. I’ll cultivate a knack for recognizing and enjoying humorous moments. This could be a really constructive way of detaching my mind from my daily difficulties.

“It is usually anxiety that bars us from seeing the lighter, brighter things of life. The anxiety exists within us, so we are free to reject its influence on the way we react to what happens to us.”

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