"...Al-Anon members can be a world-wide inspiration to each other; thoughts and prayers fly across space to sustain and strengthen us all."
"What a relief to be able to detach ourselves from the chain that bound us to the weight of alcoholism - to know we need not be helplessly controlled by it. We are freed by knowing we cannot exert the slightest influence on it. How light and pleasant it is to be a link in that other chain that binds us together in Al-Anon, and to discover how to correct the attitudes that kept us chained to our anxieties."
(From "One Day at a Time", p.344, December 9)
What a relief it is for me to be able to detach from the weight of alcoholism, from alcoholic thinking and behavior. There is freedom when there is willingness to admit total powerlessness over another person's "ism". When I accept this, then I can hand it over to God. God has the power that I lack.
I love the idea that my attitudes determine whether I am chained to my anxieties or freed from them. Anxiety was my lifelong companion. I worried about what I said, did, how I looked, what you thought of me. These anxieties have diminished as I have learned to leave them with God.
Being able to detach and let go is a blessing of the Al-Anon program that has been freely shared with me and I freely share with others. Sometimes we need to detach from things such as certain relationships, a job, or old ideas.
I have learned how to detach using the tools learned in Al-Anon. For example, using the 3 As - becoming aware of things I need to detach from, accepting that this needs to happen, and then taking the action required. These actions include such things as prayer, practicing new behaviors, limiting the amount of time spent with someone, setting boundaries, and improving self-esteem by doing esteemable acts.
The more I detach, the more serenity and peace I experience.
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