Today a reader responded to the blog posted on August 30, 2010, “Own It. Our Life’s Work.”
Al-Anon, a great program. I really feel blessed to have found a 12 step program that is so gentle yet so encouraging with wonderful results for me personally. It has taught me how to quiet my mind, live in the moment, live and let live, and let go and let God. All principles I apply daily and the pleasure I get from living this way has enhanced all aspects of my life. This program is not only for the loved ones of alcoholics but for anyone who has a family member suffering from addiction or if you were raised in a home with perfectionistic standards. These standards stunt emotional growth and the results emotionally are no different than growing up in a home with addiction. From the outside the perfectionistic home may look functional whereas the alcoholics home looks chaotic, but the emotional impact is the same. Growing up this way may result in other acceptable addictions like workaholic, churchaholic, perfectionism, eating disorders etc… …It got me thinking about how thankful I am for Al-Anon.
She said it well. First hand this woman of courage tells us bits of her story. She demystified some of the suspicions about a group like Al-Anon. She invites all of us, by her testimony, to also have courage. To also share. To also work on our own battered selves. She unclosets getting treatment. She tells us we need each other. Al-Anon is a group meeting. There is healing. Healing is not a condition of stalemate. She tells us about healing and progress. We can choose.
In the Wizard of Oz
Tin Woodsman: Help! Help!
Scarecrow: It’s no use screaming at a time like this. Nobody will hear you. Help! Help!
Self Care Tip #37 – Yell and someone will hear you! Be a friend to yourself.
Question: What do you think? Please tell me your story.