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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Was in the "depths of despair."  On my way out.  Feeling gratitude.  The first sentence of this passage makes me think it's a good fit for today.  

"When you have to go into your head," says an Al-Anon friend, "don't go alone. It's a not a safe neighborhood." My experience certainly corroborates the truth of this statement. Now when I have to go inside my mind for some serious thinking and I can't travel with a program person, I take my Higher Power. When I have trouble contacting that Power, I follow a simple, three-point plan my sponsor taught me.
First, I remind myself that I've been in this neighborhood before.
Second, I make a gratitude list, usually beginning with food, clothing, and shelter.
Third, I meditate and pray that my Higher Power will give me a sign that I'm going in the right direction. Much as I might like to see a lightning bolt hurled from the sky, I make myself receptive to less dramatic moments of insight.
With the glint of light this process provides, the neighborhood may not look like an amusement park, yet it still feels passable. It is, after all, my neighborhood.
Thought for the Day
When I think myself into a troubled state, I will remember this: Don't look around, look up.
"It can help to replace obsessive thoughts with something positive, such as an Al-Anon slogan, the Serenity Prayer or another comforting topic that has nothing to do with my problem." Courage to Change, p. 306\

I like that phrase, "When I think myself into a troubled state."  A lot of responsibility there and awareness.

Passage 2
In a tornado, you not only have to look out for the tremendous winds, but also whatever the winds pick up and hurl in your direction. Like a tornado, alcoholism often brings along additional problems, including verbal, physical, and sexual abuse, illness, debt, prison, infidelity, and even death. Some of these problems can be so embarrassing that we don’t dare to talk about them. But in Al-Anon, we learn that we are only as sick as our secrets. Until we let them out into the light, they keep us trapped.
Most of us find it best to share our secrets with someone we can trust, someone who understands the disease of alcoholism. No matter how hopeless, different, or ashamed we may feel, there are Al-Anon members who have been through similar crises and are willing to listen and help.
Today’s Reminder
The times I most want to hide out with my secrets are probably the times I most need to reach out and share them with others. When facing a difficult situation, let me remember that my Higher Power speaks through other people. I don’t have to face it alone.
“We move from being at the mercy of any problem that comes along to an inner certainty that no matter what happens in our lives, we will be able to face it, deal with it, and learn from it with the help of our Higher Power.” … In All Our Affairs


  1. Passage 1 is perfect for me. I love "don't look around; look up."