My Higher Power did not answer my prayer for patience with a lightning bolt from above to give it to me instantly. Instead, my Higher Power has given me multiple learning opportunities, chances and trying situations such as an addicted loved one to develop my patience.

By living with active addiction, I have been placed in situations that have required me to dig deep down inside, to find the patience within me and apply it to my current crisis and my daily life. I am thankful I have the Nar-Anon program. It has given me the opportunity to look at my problems and learn to react differently. I am learning that challenges happen in most people’s lives. I am also learning that I cannot hurt others with harsh words without hurting myself.

In Nar-Anon, I have heard members say that their Higher Power has a wicked sense of humor and “beware of what you ask for because you may get it.” Before Nar-Anon, I had no self-control and little regard for other people or circumstances that came my way. Working my program has taught me to be kinder and gentler to my surroundings. I have learned to stop and think before my feelings take hold and I count to ten before I speak. I am able to deal with people in a new and different way by giving them the chance to express their opinions without judging them. I am learning to listen and to be open minded when dealing with others and the decisions they make. I know that these are their choices and not mine. This has given me time to sit quietly and enjoy my own growth. I am a work in progress!

Thought for Today: I feel free from my own self-absorbed, narrow opinions. I think before I act or speak. I am no longer on remote control. I am learning the value of patience.

“Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself.” ~ St. Francis de Sales