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Post Info TOPIC: Hope for Today Sept 27


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Hope for Today Sept 27


Good morning everyone:

Todays reading is about the power of service within the program. The writer details coming to the program and finding a place where our opinions mattered. Encouraged to be part of the service, the writer realized this could take the form of everything from setting up/breaking down chairs to working at a convention. Every persons part is important, from sitting as witness to sharing, chairing a meeting and everything in between.

This writing resonates as I think about my earliest days of hearing about alanon (years before I felt I could go to that first meeting), to questioning whether I really belonged there, to sitting and feeling so sad and depleted, to listening to the strength and support of others, to feeling I could share, to understanding just how much alanon had helped (and continues to help) with changes in my life. As a musician, the symbol for crescendo comes to mind:  <    In music this represents starting at a soft or quiet place and growing louder.  For me, it was starting at a sad and defeated place and growing stronger.  The particular isolation that living with alcoholism brings is comforted by the message from the strength of alanon: we are not alone.

I hope everyone enjoys a peaceful Sunday!

Mary



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Good Sunday morning, Mary! Thank you for your service!

I really related to your ESH about the topic. I liked the visual cue and explanation... it made sense to me!

Wishing you a peaceful Sunday!

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 aww Thanks Mary, and P.

I find today that other people do listen to me- and what i say does matter, from time to time.

I did not have that facility when i began in Alanon. It was not just about the alcoholism-

In a rural district i read voraciously... I would be standing there and talking with someone,

and they would just walk away. I sense that they did not understand some of the words I was using.

I like to greet and farewell people- in their own language- and attempt to pick up a few words- so

that one day i might pick up a conversation. Age is against this, of course. biggrin ...

But I think it is the initiative that propels ourselves forward... with the wind of our higher power at our shoulder. aww ...



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Thank you Mary for your service and the daily. I have found that when I am uncertain about 'the next right thing', leaning towards service in recovery helps me find my way while lifting my mood. I have always been amazed at how my attitude and outlook can improve almost instantly when I just do something - call another, send an uplifting email or text, show up for a meeting, etc.

I'm a day late for 'this' but it's such a big part of recovery that I wanted to weigh in. Being of service doesn't need to be huge nor is it limited to our programs. I am finding that the smallest of actions, RAOK, etc. matter in big ways! Happy belated Sunday MIP - I had a great day ... hope you did too!



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Practice the PAUSE...Pause before judging.  Pause before assuming.  Pause before accusing.  Pause whenever you are about to react harshly and you will avoid doing and saying things you will later regret.  ~~~~  Lori Deschene

 

 



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Carrying on the tradition of al anon is key to carrying the message I have definitely become even more grateful to both the founders and the members who have built up al anon. Gratitude is not often in my vocabulary. This week I gave nyself a day off. I luxuriated in that day. I used to bristle at people who spoke about that. Now I know it begins with the small things. Humility is a big oart of the program Thank you for this opportunity Maresie

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