Recently at a meeting I attended, the topic was hope. The Chairperson shared her thoughts on what hope meant to her by breaking down the meaning of the word letter by letter. Here’s what she shared:

H = I hear others share their courage, strength and hope, which can benefit me on my road to recovery.

O = I open my heart and mind to different ideas and become willing to consider that what has helped others may help me, too.

P = I practice what I learn using the Steps, Serenity Prayer, slogans and other program tools to gain peace of mind.

E = I educate myself about the disease of alcoholism, so I can better understand what my loved one is going through. And I use Al‑Anon Conference Approved Literature to work toward recovery.

By Linda C., New Brunswick

The Forum, January 2018