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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

Why do I do what I do? Why did I say what I did? Why did I put off an urgent task? Questions like these, best asked of myself in a quiet time of meditation, demand honest answers. I may have to think deep for them. I must go past all the tempting self-justifications, the “reasons” that lack the shine of truth. I tell myself that self-deception can only damage me in giving me a foggy, unreal picture of the person I really am.

When I have given myself the answers, I will have made a good start in rooting out some of the shortcomings that block my search for serenity.

Today’s Reminder:

I can prepare myself to make decisions only by becoming aware of the kind of person I am, by getting acquainted with myself. I know I must acknowledge what is wrong, but I must also recognize my good qualities, for they are the foundation of growth.

“To make good choices, I must develop a mature and prudent understanding of myself that will reveal to me my real motives and intentions.” — Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island, (paraphrased)

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