Growing up in a dysfunctional family, due to problem drinkers, left me insecure, fearful, shame-filled, low self esteem, overly responsible and I felt older than my years...among other defects of character. I did not realize I needed help.
I thought if others would just change, I would do better. I would not have to fix everything that happened. I felt it was always my responsibility. In turn, I would feel resentful and treated them like bad boys. I was told in Al-Anon that, “to make a man I must think him so.” Which helped me see that I must keep hands off others consequeces.
They could handle them without any interference from me. No matter how much they tried to suck me back into the problem they created.
By working Al-Anon’s 12 steps, I became self confident, unafraid of the future, them, and fear itself. I found my God of understanding who is there for me every time I need Him. He and Al-Anon have taught me not to play God and let God do His work and take care of them and for me to keep hands off. I have enough to do to take care of myself, with His help.
Won’t you come join us? We meet every Monday at noon and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, close to A&W, in Wautoma. Won’t you come join us?
Peace of the program,