Daily Reading April 25th, 2011

Today’s Reminder: I am powerless over alcohol and its effects on another person; I cannot make him sober, no more than I can be responsible for his drinking.  The first Step tells me this and it tells me, too, that I must acknowledge that my life has become unmanageable.  My first task is to manage my own life, whether or not the alcoholic is still drinking.

“Help me find peace of mind within myself by uniting myself with God’s power and guidance. That is the spiritual way out of my difficulties- the only sure way.”

Excerpt from One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, pg. 116

We can no more  be in control of when the sun rises or be the cause of the sun rising than we can be in control of another human being’s actions.  No matter how much we want health and happiness for another we can not make them want it.  And even if and when they do want it, is not us that can give it to them.  That is where compassion for ourselves becomes essential.  How devastating to make ourselves believe that we can do something and to make ourselves responsible for another human being.  That is a huge weight to carry.  Being responsible for ourselves, both our chaos and our successes, is enough.  Revisiting the first step is a gift to ourselves. It is important to remember both sides of this coin in our lives.  It is the thing that brings the chaos into our lives, the illusion of control, and it is the thing that can bring the most freedom, the acceptance of powerlessness ~Adrienne

Step 1

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About Adrienne McLeod

I am Canadian born, for those of you needing clarification. I was raised in Minnesota, The Land of 10,000 Lakes, Multiple Musical Geniuses,Lake Wobegon, and really really cold winters. I now reside in rural Ontario, Canada with my husband and four beautiful children. I love to write, ponder and give back what I have learned in my journey with the hope that it will benefit others! www.spiritualitythinkaboutit.org www.12stepsthinkaboutit.org

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