The Twelve Steps are the backbone of the Al Anon program. I find the Second Step, “Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity,” to be particularly meaningful. In an situation, particularly when I am with my family, I need only to turn to my Higher Power for help. For instance, while visiting my family on a holiday, I started to feel uncomfortable about the behavior and comments going on around me. I felt an overwhelming urge to “fight or take flight.” Fortunately I had enough recovery to chose the latter. I went into another room, where I knew I would not be disturbed, so I could be alone for a few minutes, I prayed for serenity and guidance as well as for the ability to keep the focus on myself and the moment. I returned to the gathering refreshed and centered. ….

Thought for the Day
Being with my family for all or part of a day can be a stressful undertaking. Fortunately, I don’t have to be there alone. Conscious contact with my Higher Power is only a prayer away.

December 24
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