When I first came to Nar-Anon, I spent most of my time thinking and worrying about the addict. At particularly troubling times, I decided to say a new prayer I had learned called the Serenity Prayer. I would say it over and over, not knowing what else to do. I could not figure out what things I could change, and what things I could not change. One day at a meeting, a fellow member said that if she drew a circle around her feet, the things she could change were inside that circle and everything outside that circle were the things she could not change. It was a relief to realize that I do not have to carry other people on my back that each one of them has his own choices to make and his own responsibility to take.
I have been learning to let go of trying to change others and have found a place of serenity inside myself. That place is precious to me and staying serene is now a top priority in my life.
Thought for Today: My recovery is very important to me. I will look to myself for the changes I can make that will promote my growth in Nar-Anon.
“When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.” ~ Louise Hay