My former Sponsor used to share a “growth opportunity” expression—one not appropriate for polite company—which reminded me that good can be found in every challenging situation. The expression often allowed me to laugh instead of cry. It usually also reminded me both of our saying, “This Too Shall Pass,” and the need for me to pay attention for the lesson. Over the last twelve months, I have heard many members use variations of that expression as the 2020 theme, and I have found that encouraging. Not because it lessened the intensity of the experience but because it informed me again that I am not alone and that even in the midst of struggle, I can always choose to turn the moment into an opportunity for growth.
In 2020, I have experienced many “growth opportunities” and I’m grateful for the support of both temporary and permanent electronic meetings, which have helped me to connect, to stay hopeful, and to grow personally and in my reliance on my Higher Power. In 2020, I have felt enormous amounts of fear—for our program, our future, and the wellbeing of my family—and I have felt despair. Each time I have been reminded to return to the foundation of my program, often through my service as a Sponsor or the kind words of members during a meeting. As suggested in From Survival to Recovery (B-21), “I focused on members of my Al-Anon group and remembered how they urged me not to buy into crazy thinking. I have a choice, I remembered.” (p. 112)
As we roll over into 2021 with its continued uncertainty, I am buoyed by the knowledge that through their reliance upon the God of their understanding, Al-Anon members are and will continue to find ways to connect with each other and expand our message of hope. Whether through the Al-Anon Family Groups mobile app; electronic, hybrid, or face-to-face meetings; or virtual Assemblies, we will continue to meet the challenge of both the family disease of alcoholism and the pandemic with grace and dignity. I am grateful for all of you.
By Vali F., Executive Director
I AM POWERLESS I AM GRATEFUL I wasn’t at first when I came through the doors. I still am challenged by it.. But as time goes on I find examples of GRATITUDE. The assembly of so many whom are grateful for alcoholism. In a conversation about the strength of the AH to keep trying after … many relapses…loss…humiliation time and time…sickness. Yet many get up and continue and us with them again. So if AH tries again I’ll be grateful and pray for his strength as he’s trying to find balance with his addiction, and I found strength in these… Read more »
Needed this reminder !! Yes I have a choice. Thank you for this and thank you for your service !!
As a newbie to the program, this inspires me
Today was a great growth opportunity for me. When I am irritable I get a chance to become aware and to use the tools of the program. Today that meant calling my sponsor, reading literature, and connecting with my hp through my writing and prayer.
First night on this app. I needed this tonight
Thank you for This too shall pass article
Thank you for this heartfelt message at this point in time.
I’am so grateful for the members all over the world who have stepped up to help when it is needed so much! 🙏
We are grateful for your leadership.
Thank you for your thoughtful words of encouragement. I’m so glad I came to Al-Anon in January 2020 and am learning to be taking things one day at a time.