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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

Losing my temper – call it an “attack of anger” — can be a disease, too. It afflicts many of us before (and even after) we come into Al-Anon. We try to cure this disease by applying the Al-Anon program to our thinking. The symptom of the anger-sickness uncontrollable impulse to judge and condemn someone else. In this emotional explosion I am really asserting that everything / think and do is right, and everything the other person does is wrong. If I were not sick when I denounce and accuse, I would at least realize that the momentary relief I get from my outburst is poor pay for the consequences I must bear.

Today’s Reminder:

I learn in Al-Anon to be good to myself. Am I not ill when I allow anger to destroy my poise and peace of mind? When I lose control, am I not handing over control to the one I am treating like an adversary? Can anger ever express love?

“I pray for quietness to help me cure my own emotional instability. Let me use serenity to cushion the impact of whatever happens outside of me.”

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