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Post Info TOPIC: Hope for Today, Monday, 7/31, wisdom vs insanity

~*Service Worker*~

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Hope for Today, Monday, 7/31, wisdom vs insanity

The author is saying that correct use of the mind leads to wisdom, and incorrect use of the mind leads to insanity.  This program encourages right use of the mind and heart.  We have a spiritual direction, and learn that our recovery is up to us.  Our mind can either hurt us or help us--we have a choice.  Leaning on our HP is important.

Thought:  Are my mind and heart focused on my recovery, or do they linger somewhere else that does me less good?


I worked with an alcohol counselor prior to joining alanon, and when he used to tell me about the choices I had to have a good day or a  bad one, I thought he was a little nuts.  But this program has shown me the way : what I focus on the longest becomes the strongest.  If I can make lemonade from lemons, I'm all set.  With practice I can re-direct my mind into the right use, and avoid insanity.  Grateful member always.



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Thank you Lyne for your service and today's reading and ESH.

So true, that when the focus on the negative longest it does become the strongest and learned in Al-Anon that

redirecting to gratitude is the best avenue to take to get off the road to insanity.


"Forgiveness doesn't excuse bad behavior, but it

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


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Thank you Lyne for your service and to you and DM for the shares. What you focus on the longest becomes the strongest is pretty much my daily mantra. I make a conscious choice to no longer engage in misery making, catastrophizing, drama or even showing up for every fight I'm invited to. I remember these personal behaviors and choices well. As a newcomer to Al-anon. oldtimers set an example with recovery behaviors including my first Al-anon sponsor to keep to my own side of the street and engage in my own life rather than use others as a distraction for not living my own life fully. I'm grateful for uncomfortable lessons learned from over responsibility, people pleasing and misplaced efforts to exercise authority and control over others. Grateful to Al-anon's steps and traditions that have helped and continue to help me from situation to situation to choose self sufficiency, healthy interchanges rather than my former codependent behaviors.


Surround yourself with people and elements that support your destiny, not just your history.

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