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...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Mother's Day to Remember

So I'm visiting my mother-in-law for Mother's Day weekend and not only does she take a bad fall but I fall and end up with stitches and on crutches. Before our mishaps I was about ready to call my family 200 miles away and plan a get-together, against my sponsor's wishes as well as my counselor's recommendation to "stay away."

The message I got from my Greater Power? Stick with the people who love and care about you and take care of yourself, first and foremost. As my sponsor says, I've already made my amends to my family, showing up to say "hi," help, and caretake over and over again with the same results - criticism and judgment, blaming and shaming.

Like my counselor says, "Why would you stick an icepick in your ear?" Enough said. 

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