Happy New Year! I do hope your New Year’s Eve and all the festivities were enjoyable. I do know how many of mine were not.
I felt it was not fun, as I concerned myself of others drinking. Watching how many drinks they consumed. Then I would think, anytime now the inappropriate behavior will begin. How will I contain myself? What do I do?
I wished I had just stayed home. I was embarrassed and hurt. I would ask myself why can’t I just leave it alone? Why can’t he just drink a couple and then stop? Why can’t he behave himself?
And each New Year’s would be the parties and it would end the same way it started. Me being a nag, a wet blanket due to feeling so bad about him.
Then as my adolescent children started with the drinking and the bad behaviors, including the police, I was at my wits end. I can’t go on like this.
One wonderful day someone suggested I go to Al-Anon. I took them up on it. It was the best thing that happened to me. I have learned to live a much happier life. I began to set limits, quit yelling and nagging....it didn’t work anyway, and started to do what was best for me. I took better care of myself and went to many meetings talking to Al-Anon people that also knew what I was going through.
I got myself a sponsor and was on my way to a much happier life. A more productive life. I can now say I am happy. Thank you Al-Anon.
Won’t you come give Al-Anon a try? We meet at Hope Lutheran Church, Wautoma, every Monday at noon and Wednesday evening at 6:30.
See you there?