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...

Monday, January 12, 2009

A New Year

Happy New Year, everyone, even though we're almost half-way through January. The nice thing about having a program that we practice One Day at a Time is that we can make a fresh start every day, even in the middle of the day if we need to. So I don't make resolutions, especially if doing so would set myself up to fail. I just do a daily inventory to determine how I'm doing, what I could have done better or differently and especially what I did well. First, did I treat myself well? And then was I kind and loving towards others?

I can answer those question yes even though it has not been a very productive day. I did not get much scratched off my to-do list. Instead, I gave myself permission to get some extra rest and have some fun because today would have been my grandmother's 104th birthday had she not died in October. So I knew I'd be thinking about her and grieving a little more, although my grief is more about gratitude now, gratitude to have had her in my life for so long and that I was able to spend some time with her the last few years.

I also have gratitude for the Al-Anon program and my Al-Anon "family" - my friends, my sponsors, and my sponsees. Because of them, I have so much to live for, for example, I get to travel overseas to an Al-Anon convention next week. I'm not very excited about the weather where I'm going, but I know that my heart will be warmed by the love I'll find in every meeting, at every meal. I'll have the chance to get to know some friends better and meet some new ones.

And my Greater Power will take care of me every leg of my journey, just like she's taken care of me all these years, whether I was living with active alcoholism or sobriety. The gift of serenity is mine whenever I want it, wherever I am, whatever my circumstances. May serenity be your gift, too, in this New Year.


At Tuesday, January 13, 2009 8:19:00 AM, Blogger Syd said...

Happy New Year to you also. I'm glad that you are thinking about your grandmother on her birthday. Thanks for sharing that. It's good to remember those who were important in our lives on their special day.


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