I went to my first Al Anon candlelight meeting this year. It was really lovely. Someone read a special opening and then expressed gratitude for what Al Anon had done to enrich her life. Then we went around the room taking turns sharing what we had to be grateful for.
We all shared how our lives had changed since living the program. One person spoke about how hearing the phrase, "no situation is too difficult to be bettered" which is read in our closing, had been a gift of hope for them early on.
Others had learned to live a life without constant fear and anxiety in the midst of a loved one's addiction. A few were shocked at a life that had so radically turned itself around after losing hope just a year before.
I love Al Anon. I love my Catholic faith. Each has sustained me through the battles of addiction. Al Anon helped me to learn practical ways of living my faith. It gave me a tremendous support network and taught me a lot about humility.
Just wanted to share my experience, hope and strength before the year's end.