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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

Sometimes, in an Al-Anon meeting, someone makes a casual remark that reaches into my consciousness and takes hold. It comes to mind again and again because it gave me a new way of looking at things.

It might be a perfectly commonplace phrase, even a worn-out cliche that would have no significance until it appears in a new context. Then it springs into life and becomes a vital tool in understanding the Al-Anon program.

One member, explaining how she finally “got” the Al-Anon idea, said: “I just figured out that it all boils down to four words: Mind Your Own Business.”

An ill-natured phrase as commonly used, but as applied in Al- Anon, it makes great good sense.

Today’s Reminder:

I will concentrate on the things that are my concern—and make sure which really are mine. I will keep hands off the business of others. I will not interfere with the alcoholic’s activities, assume his responsibilities or shield him from the consequences of what he does.

“When you are offended at anyone’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. By attending to them, you will forget your anger and learn to live wisely.” — Marcus Aurelius

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