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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

The twelve simple words of the First Step embrace a whole philosophy of life. Books could be written on the subject of personal surrender suggested by the first six words: “Admitted we were powerless over alcohol.” The next six represent our acknowledgment that we have not yet learned to handle our affairs wisely: “…that our lives have become unmanageable.” The First Step prepares us for a new life, which we can achieve only by letting go of what we cannot control, and by undertaking, day at a time, the monumental task of setting our world in order through a change in our own thinking.

Today’s Reminder:

I will apply the wisdom of the First Step not only to my relations with the alcoholic, but to all the people and happenings in my life. I will not attempt to manage or control what is clearly beyond my powers; I will dedicate myself to managing my own life, and only mine.

“There’s only one corner of the world you can be sure of improving and that is your own self.”

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