Al-Anon Lifer

Anonymous sharings from a long-time member of Al-Anon, which is a safe place to recover from the effects of alcoholism in a friend or relative...

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I Learned Something Old Today

Once again, I have not been posting. Probably because I haven't had much to share, even though I always seem to open my mouth at meetings :-)

Anyway, this morning I wrote something in my 4th Step Journal, Al-Anon's "Blueprint for Progress," that emphasized once again what is and has been true for me for a long time:

That most of my outward life depends on my inner life.
In our meeting format, we read that we can find happiness and contentment whether the alcoholic is drinking or not. I found this to be true, having found joy in my life long before my spouse got sober.
Likewise, I can be unhappy or discontent even with a sober spouse who is working a good program and being good to me. I've always been in charge of how I react rather than respond to life. Most of it does come down to my attitude.
May you find serenity tonight and tomorrow just for the asking...

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Where Have I Been?

First, I want to thank those of you who have reminded me that I've been gone from my blog for six weeks.... I've been busy, but I didn't think that much time had gone by. So I apologize to anyone who used to read me faithfully. It's as if I haven't been showing up to my meetings, although that I've been doing. So I'm doing okay, just lots going on.

So where have I been? I've been to Montana in a blizzard and to Arizona in a dust storm (although honestly I thought I was on Mars for a while there - see photo). I've been to my first Area Assembly as an officer. I've been contemplating my spouse's imminent retirement and our soon-to-be new role as grandparents. I've been quitting my own business and selling lots of technology etc. on eBay. So there you have them, my excuses for not blogging. I've just been otherwise consumed.
Hopefully, I will get back on a schedule of sharing my ESH (experience, strength, hope) with all of you out there. For now, Just for Today, I am Happy, Joyouse, and Free, and Life is Good.

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