When I first came to a Nar-Anon meeting, I had plenty of doubts about the program. I did not believe the program or its members could help me. How could they improve my situation, mindset, and overall feeling of despair? I was sure that the Nar-Anon meeting was just another group of people who could not understand my struggle. I figured that I would show up, prove to myself that my reasoning was right, and justify my point of view. As I listened to each person share, the opposite began to happen.

One by one, I heard them describe many of the same incidents, frustrations, confusions, and resentments that I was experiencing. I was so amazed to discover that I was not alone in this struggle. It had always seemed so very private, as if it belonged only to me. I experienced an awakening! I heard that others were suffering as I had been and that there was a process that could bring some sanity, peace and serenity into my life.

Thought for Today: The more I try to deal with another’s problems, the more I realize how ineffective I am. The more I entangle myself, the more my anxieties prevail and my entire mood shifts into depression. When I practice my program, life is much less complicated. Today I will keep it simple and be happy in the knowledge that I am not alone.“Keep an open mind and attend as many meetings as possible. Feel free to share and ask questions after the meeting. You will soon make new friends and will feel very much a part of the group.” ~ Nar-Anon Blue Booklet