I am so grateful for the gift of my recovery in Al‑Anon. From my very first meeting, I clung to the “three Cs.” I didn’t cause, can’t control, and can’t cure the disease of alcoholism. I experienced freedom from guilt, confusion, and fear. As I continued to change by using the Steps, slogans, sponsorship, and other tools, I grew spiritually. Then I began the long process of keeping the entire focus on myself. As a result, I am able to pass on my serenity, experience, and hope to others.
I have now adopted my personal three Cs: Today I am too blessed to complain, compare, or criticize myself or others. This allows me to continue to move forward into a beautiful new way and live my own life, a day at a time.
By Mildred H., Maryland
The Forum, April 2021
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