Someone recently shared at a meeting that he had started coming to Nar-Anon because he was tired of feeling bad. I remember, some time ago, when I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I wanted my pain to cease. I wanted to get on with my life. I wanted to be strong for those around me who I love. To accomplish this, I started to work the Nar-Anon program, stopped thinking about the addict and began to think about myself. For some who have not experienced addiction in their lives, this may sound selfish. That is why our meetings are a safe place to be. We share these experiences with others who are going through the same situations we are, and we know that they will understand.

I can share the painful things I am going through with my sponsor, and then share my experience, strength and hope at my meetings. Knowing that I have a process to deal with my pain gives me a calm feeling. I know that total absence of this pain would be ideal but not realistic. I need to find serenity in my life by accepting the things I cannot change. This is what I have learned in my meetings. This is not to say that my life will be easy and pain free. Indeed, this process will probably take some time and much effort. The slogan “Easy Does It” teaches me patience.

Thought for Today: I will keep the focus on me and live my life by having faith in my Higher Power. I will have peace and serenity knowing that God is in control. I will be grateful for all the things I have in my life today, knowing that gratitude changes attitude.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~ George Bernard Shaw