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~*Service Worker*~

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Hope for Today May 15

Good morning everyone:

Todays reading is about the distinction between focus on ourselves in recovery, understanding that we may have behaviors learned as coping mechanisms, and that we are responsible for our own shortcomings, regardless of where (or who) they came from.  The writer describes a time in early recovery when he/she had the realization that there were many negative attitudes and behaviors learned from his/her parents.  The writer understood on an intellectual level that he/she was responsible for his/her own shortcomings, but it took some time and struggle to understand this more deeply. And then the sentence that resonates so strongly: I had to let go of the hope that some day my parents would teach me differently.  The writer understood that his/her parents were operating at their own capacity.  Through working the steps the writer slowly began changing behaviors that were negative and also accepted his/her parents right not to change.

This reading feels to me like the perfect description of letting go and letting God. Letting go of expectations- there is a pressure associated with them that easily fosters disappointment. Letting go of our own learned negative behaviors- there may be coping mechanisms that are no longer needed that mire us down. Letting go- the freedom of knowing that we only have our own path to walk, and need not make judgement about any one else and their decisions. 

The quotation from From Survival to Recovery (p.17) is a helpful reminder about moving forward in recovery: Behaviors we adopted to cope with alcoholism in our families became so habitual we thought they were part of our identity.

I appreciate the idea that our sense of identity is always evolving and when we know better, we do better.

I hope everyone enjoys a peaceful Sunday:)



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Thank you so much Mary for your service, todays reading and ESH.

Very poignant reading today because I am working on that identity evolution as we speak. My Dad has just

been released to a rehabilitation home from the hospital because he had a very mild stroke. He is going to

be 90 this year and does have a multitude of other physical issues as well. While he was in the hospital I

would call him once a day to just let him know I care and to see how he was doing. Well it seems that no

matter what time I called it was not appropriate and my mother would tell me on two occasions that I

should not call in the morning and when I called in the evening I was told I should not call in the evening.

So I decided that calling was not the right thing to do anymore. I do not feel bad, because it is not about

me and the situation reminded me of when I was a child in that very confusing atmosphere of contradictions.

I am always grateful and amazed at how Al-Anon has helped me to not only see the issues from my childhood

that caused me such anxiety, but helped me to recognize them and move forward in recovery.

Happy Sunday to you and the MIP Family today!!


"Forgiveness doesn't excuse bad behavior, but it

does prevent bad behavior from destroying your heart". ~ unknown


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Good morning

It sure seems like whenever I pop in here I find exactly what I need in the moment. I appreciate that.

I'm not really sure what to say though, maybe that's because I'm having a hard time being able to see to type with this huge lightbulb above my head right now(of course I only mean that figuratively)

Have a good day!


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Thank you Mary for your service and (((DM2021))). Yesterday was the anniversary of my father's death. After 25 years I no longer grieve the loss because I am thankful for the father he was. I had a great day reliving fond memories of education, sports, travel, music, interests, hobbies, work ethic and laughter . The negative, painful times I choose not to dwell upon. It only brings me to self pity which leads to unhealthy behaviours. Letting go of most resentments has created an intimate relationship with my (step)mom and she truly is an amazing woman. Have a serene Sunday.


~*Service Worker*~

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Thank you Mary for your service and to all of those who share.

Like Sunnyfrog, I seem to get what I need, when I need it here!

I am having trouble lately accepting people for where they are right now. I seem to be stuck in a state of always thinking that people will "do better." So basically, having expectations. I know that I have a hard time living my life without assigning ANY expectations. So I get disappointed A LOT.

I am a work-in-progress,

Thank you for letting me vent.


"The wolf that thrives, is the one you feed." - Cherokee legend

"Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields... Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness."  Mary Oliver



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