There is one crisis after another in my life. How can I possibly be happy? Every waking hour of my life revolves around the antics of the addict. No matter how much I tried, I could not anticipate the emergencies. The telephone company turned off our service because the addict used the payment for drugs; the police impounded our car, and my check book disappeared. Friends with good intentions told me I should kick the addict out. They were sure that if I did this, I would be happy. One friend offered to take me to a Nar-Anon meeting saying, “Happiness is a gift we can give ourselves.” What did I have to lose? As I walked into the meeting, people were smiling and laughing. What did I have to laugh about? During the meeting, I heard one person say that happiness is being satisfied with what we have. Another said that she was happy because she set boundaries for herself and began taking care of herself. That night I learned so much about myself. I felt that I was meant to go to that meeting to learn there was a Power greater than myself that I could rely on. All I had to do was let go. Today I know that happiness is being grateful for what goes right. I can let go and stop dwelling on the negative. My Higher Power will take care of me as the addict’s Higher Power will take care of her.

Thought for Today: Just for today, I will be happy for what I have and for everything my Higher Power gives me.

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~ Buddha