What Are You Thankful For?

As the year winds down, take a moment to reflect on what makes you happy, and share with us: What are you most thankful for? Comment below.

2018-11-16T10:33:34+00:00November 9, 2018|Categories: Announcements|

109 Comments

  1. Lauren November 2018 at 9:11 am

    I’m grateful for my meeting and those show up to share their experience strength and hopes.

  2. Shirley W. November 2018 at 8:03 am

    I am thankful for my Higher Power doing for me what I couldn’t to for myself and recognizing it today. As I walk in this journey of recovery I have seen and done so many things that I took for granted. Today I have serenity, and realize that things happen for a reason, to get me back on track to his will for my life and oh the beauty I have recognized. I can’t, he can, I think I better let him.

  3. Nita L November 2018 at 7:14 am

    I have been in Al-anon for 32 years. My gratitude list is quite lengthy but I am most grateful that my ex husband was put on probation for DWI and had to go to AA meetings. I went as a support and started going to Al-anon. I didn’t think I needed it but boy did my husband. I was so wrong. I soon found out that I needed Al-anon desperately. He quit after the probation was over but I continued going. My life has improved so much since I found Al-anon. I am grateful that I am not so quick to judge and if I find myself about to judge, I take a deep breath and put myself in the other person’s shoes. I am grateful that I have learned to forgive myself because I have learned that I’m not perfect. I’m grateful that I’ve learned to take care of myself first and to love myself because I can’t care of and truly love others if I don’t love myself and take care of myself first. I’m grateful that I have finally learned how to say no and easily say thank you when receiving a compliment.

  4. Mary Ann O November 2018 at 9:17 pm

    The slogans, daily prayer, readings and regular attendance at 2 Al-Anon meetings per week teach me to live so that I may live in harmony with myself and others and let others live without my interference.

  5. Sally M November 2018 at 7:59 pm

    I’m thankful that I found Al-Anon when I did. Yes, I needed to be here at an earlier date, but I got here when I was supposed to. I’m thankful for the growth I’ve made and the awareness that the program has given me in recognizing my character defaults. I will never outgrow the program. It’s teaching me social skills I never had. I thankful I have a family of my choosing that is always here for me.

  6. Stephanie November 2018 at 7:01 pm

    That life lead me to the place were I was willing to come to Al-Anon and learn a different way of living and came to know peace and serenity regardless of what was happening in my life.

  7. Anonymous November 2018 at 5:48 pm

    I am most grateful for discovering that I have choices. I always had a choice but didn’t have the courage to use them until I came to Al-Anon many years ago. The many groups I have attended have been healthy ones and I am thankful that has been the case. My Higher Power is the foundation of every good thing that has happened to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  8. Anonymous November 2018 at 4:05 pm

    I am thankful that I can think for myself now and not always go along with the crowd. When I first got to Al-Anon I heard people say they were grateful for their alcoholic who brought them into these rooms. I still can’t say that but what I can say is I’m grateful I stayed in Al-Anon and didn’t leave before my many miracles. I learned so much about myself including defects of character. I learned by admitting my defects it freed me to make mistakes and not be afraid of them. I must say I learn from them and I’m a better person because of them. Keep coming back!!

  9. Carolina November 2018 at 11:10 am

    Estoy muy agradecida por poder respirar es lo más precisado que tenemos , por tener ojos para admirar la belleza de cada cosa , hay muchas personas que no pueden ver ,por mis oídos , puedo escuchar todo lo que me dicen sin el apoyo de ningún aparato , por mis pies pudeo caminar por mi misma , por mis manos puedo manejar , trabajar , comer , etc hay muchas personas que no tienen sus manitas y por todos mis demás órganos . Estoy agradecida con alanon los 12 pasos por qué me ayudan a sanar mi alma a acercarme a mi poder superior a vencer el ego , a tener un sano juicio , a conocer mis defectos de carácter y mis virtudes . A reparar daños , cortar cadenas , no seguir de víctima , culpando a otros , a no criticarme , a poner límites a mi persona , a no reaccionar a comentarios de otras personas , a respetar a. Ada ser humano tal como son , no tener expectativas , aceptar a las personas con virtudes y defectos , no ser resentida , saber comunicar lo que me gusta y lo que no me gusta

  10. Barbara November 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Today I wake up filled with joy knowing that because I have Al-Anon`s 36 Legacies to guide me through the day, friends to connect with and that I know I am okay whatever the day may bring. I am grateful for the Sponsors, friends, groups, and service commitments that support my recovery, and especially to God for leading me to Al-Anon.

  11. Kathleen November 2018 at 6:55 pm

    I am thankful for each precious moment.

  12. Nancy B November 2018 at 6:25 pm

    I am thankful for all of the 12 step programs. They have truly changed my life. My husband and I would not be together if it weren’t for AA and Al-Anon. I would not be living a life with serenity and peace of mind if it weren’t for the programs. I would not have had the courage to do half of the things that I have Dunn if it weren’t for the programs. I would still be living a life of fear, criticism, and judgment.

  13. Kait S. November 2018 at 4:56 pm

    After 34 years in Al-Anon, I have many things to be grateful for such as knowing I have choices, my home group, serenity and growth, the ability to forgive, let go and keep the focus on me, the literature, the Forum, etc. but the thing I am most grateful for is all the wonderful people I have met in Al-Anon. They love me unconditionally and allow me to march to the beat of a different drummer. In fact, they celebrate and encourage my uniqueness whether they are a friend I know from the World Service Office, a member of my Home Group, My Sponsor, an area friend, or a new friend I’ve met at an International. Words cannot fully describe the love in my heart I feel for all the wonderful people who make up this special fellowship of which I am proud to be a member.

  14. Kim C November 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I am thankful for my life. I lost me in the disease of alcoholism. Little by slowly meetings and fellowship gave me a safe space to breath. Daily reading of Conference Approved Literature, Working the Steps (not alone) and service gave me a way of life. I truly did find contentment and even happiness.

    Big HUGS

  15. Jauneta G. November 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Gratitude. Al-Anon has taught me to practice gratitude daily. I have found it, although seemingly simplistic, one of the most powerful tools in the box. Gratitude changed a joyless, everything that could go wrong went wrong, bad luck life into a life of abundance. The energy shift was surprisingly quick. Living in gratitude means I am never lonely, I no longer suffer, but seek the lesson in every challenge, and trust more in my Higher Power and this program to guide my path to complete freedom and serenity.

  16. Toni D. November 2018 at 12:24 pm

    The ability to allow others’ issues to pass through me without guilt. My ever increasing Higher Power connections provides the strength to resist the urge to grab & fix it! So grateful for the freedom.

  17. Rachel B. November 2018 at 12:11 pm

    I am so thankful for my Al-Anon program. What is making me happy is that I can see that I have choices, and I can choose to be honest with myself, I can choose to be willing to do the work of Al-Anon recovery, and I can very humbly choose to let my Higher Power handle the rest.

  18. Barbra H. November 2018 at 12:03 pm

    My husband and I relocated a year ago from the west coast to the east coast and just as Al-Anon was there for me in my old town, it was there for me in my new one. Before I had memorized the layout in my new nearby grocery store, I had a new Al-Anon home group whose members welcomed me with open arms and warm smiles. Soon, I felt at home and before long I received invitations from members to go for coffee or lunch after the meeting. In time, I found a new sponsor and even stepped up as Group Rep of my new home group, which gave me an opportunity to meet even more new folks and enjoy an even greater sense of being part of the fellowship. Now, a year later, I have made friends outside the meeting rooms, but I will always be thankful for the meetings and members here in my new home town that gave me a sense of belonging when I was still finding my balance and processing all the fear, grief, disorientation and excitement that one can encounter after a big move.

  19. Mary Ann November 2018 at 10:12 am

    This has been the best thing organization I have ever been in. I have learned how to deal with people and situations with thought and kindness rather than just blaming and yelling! I have learned how to deal with life situations better! I have also made good friends! Thank you Al-Anon!

  20. Pauline November 2018 at 9:50 am

    I am sooo thankful that I was guided to Al Anon many years ago. I am grateful that I shared, cried, and eventually laughed with my sponsor. I am grateful that I was led to a more loving, understanding and most of all forgiving God than I envisioned before Al-Anon. I am grateful that thanks to the awareness, trust, enlightenment of this program and all of you, my son is connected to us and well. We didn’t lose him as I obsessed about doing before this program.

  21. Fran M. November 2018 at 9:45 am

    I am grateful to my wonderful friend who suggested Al-Anon where I found my family of choice, the AFG groups who held me when I cried many years ago, shared our awesome program and taught me to use it in every situation. I am grateful that I learned that I have a loving God who will find a solution to all my problems if I give it to him and not take it back. I am grateful that I learned about healthy boundaries and keeping the Focus on Me (and that is not selfish it is self care) I am grateful for everyone who stays, and feel sad for those who leave. I am grateful to AA for sharing their program of family recovery with us and our children in Alateen. You saved my life, my sanity, my health, my family.

  22. Johnnie K. November 2018 at 7:34 am

    Since finding Al-Anon in 2007, my son found sobriety and my wife and I found serenity. In 2017 my love of 52 years lost her battle with breast cancer. With the help of the program and my Al-Anon friends, I have been able to keep my sanity and my serenity. For this, I am eternally grateful!!!

  23. Paul C. November 2018 at 7:09 am

    I am thankful for the many Group Reps and Group Contacts who make up our district. They are trusted servants and provide so much good leadership to their groups and to the district. Recovery is possible because of them!

  24. Dan T-R November 2018 at 6:28 am

    For the hope and support that Al-Anon gives me in my daily life.

  25. Catherine S. November 2018 at 12:16 am

    Dear Al-Anon – You rock! I live beside dry drunk daughter now in a country whose language I am learning. She discovered her alcoholism at age 14 and it took her over until age 18, when she surrendered it to God. She’s been sober since, by grace. I grew up in alcoholism, became an addictions counselor when the disease took my brother and niece by suicide. This disease has brought me to the God of my understanding, as I read in so many others’ shares, and that changes everything. Grace is in all, I am learning. What freedom! I used to sit in Al-Anon meetings and with spiritual teachers and only imagine what they were living. It looked like a very high mountain that I could only begin to climb with little stump fingers. Now I know we can choose to live on the summit each minute, and it is all so worth our surrender to it. Thank you Al-Anon and all you lovely members!

  26. Pat L. November 2018 at 11:37 pm

    I am grateful that I found Al-Anon and that I keep coming to meetings to learn and grow. I am also thankful for my family and friends.

  27. Tammy W. November 2018 at 11:21 pm

    I am grateful for sobriety in my home…just for today. I do not know what tomorrow may bring but today, things are good today. Thank you, God.

  28. Kate R. November 2018 at 10:12 pm

    I am incredibly grateful for how Al-Anon has changed me spiritually, mentally and emotionally over the last 43 years. It made it possible for me for me to stay married to an unemployed, sober alcoholic with bi-polar disease for 25 years. It helped me through my son’s alcohol and drug addiction and bi-polar disease. It helped me get through my divorce. The most important thing I am thankful for is what Al-Anon has given me: first, and foremost, a Higher Power that I choose to call God. Secondly, a fellowship of wonderful friends with an unbelievable bond and lastly, the wonderful Steps, Traditions, slogans and the Serenity Prayer that help me to focus on what I am thankful for rather than drowning in self-pity.

  29. Sharon A. November 2018 at 9:38 pm

    I will be moving soon, and unlike other moves, I know Al-Anon will greet me in my new community like a friend. I don’t have to feel isolated. I can get support just by going to a meeting near my new home. Each meeting is a little bit different but also offers the same source of hope and spiritual reinforcement that helps keep me moving towards a healthier approach to life. Thanks Al-Anon!

  30. Pam November 2018 at 8:00 pm

    I’m so grateful for the Al-Anon program! I’ve come out of my isolated shell and now I live! I live with joy, hope, gratitude, love and compassion. Before coming to the program I simply existed from day to day in despair, anger, fear and constant anxiety. I still have active alcoholism in my life, I still have problems, but now I have the tools of the program and the support of other members and my Higher Power to help me through with grace and serenity. 💜🙏🦋

  31. Darlene November 2018 at 7:11 pm

    A spirit of humour cultivated in the Al Anon Family Group.

  32. Pat C. November 2018 at 7:08 pm

    I’m grateful for serenity. That was a gift that Al-Anon gave me. Through Al-Anon, I’ve learned love of self, spirituality, how to detach, how to let go and let God. I’ll never “graduate from Al-Anon” because I’m OK with progress, not perfection.

  33. Mary C. November 2018 at 7:03 pm

    I am very grateful for the love and understanding l receive from members of Al-Anon.
    Their support as l struggled with my adult son’s addiction has brought me the serenity that l enjoy today.
    I am grateful for my family. As we struggle together we have remained loving and supportive of each other.
    I am forever grateful for the progress my adult son has made in the last year.
    Very grateful for Al-Anon.

  34. BrissaM November 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Estoy muy agradecida de ser parte de esta maravilosa hermandad, mi vida a cambiado para bien pues aprendi aperdonar y dejar de se vengativa., mi vida era un caos, creia que lo sabia todo y que siempre tenia la razon. Hoy se que no puedo cambiar a nadie , me acepto y acepto a los demas, los amo y veo lo bueno que hay en ellos.
    Me encanta el servicio, recientemente gracias a mi Madrina/sponsor de servicio tome el servicio de Cordinadora Hispana del Sur de California, gracias al servicio conosco mucha gente hermosa. Mi esposo es AA, llevamos una relacion bastante buena gracias a Alanon y AA. Los Amo.

  35. Susan D. G. November 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Hello friends! I am thankful for 34 years of recovery in this lifesaving 12-step Al-Anon spiritual, self care program. I have many close friends in this anonymous program who make me laugh, help me through tough times, and are always ready to listen and give me support as I give to them. Because of Al-Anon, I have many tools in this solutions based program. Al-Anon brings me joy and serenity. It helps me to “keep principles above personalities” in every area of my life.

  36. Nancy B. November 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Somehow, I found my way into Al-Anon. The odds are so slim, it had to be the grace of God that got me to my first meeting. So many people are still out there suffering. I am so grateful to the person who took my call, the person who printed that schedule, and the people at that meeting.

  37. Janet W. November 2018 at 5:22 pm

    I am so grateful to have a program that helps me in all aspects of my life. Also, for the fellowship and new friendships that has given me the opportunity to give back. I am so humbled to have been asked to sponsor. Such a gift where we can both learn and grow together. My Al-Anon family means the world to me. When I was struggling they saw me through it all.

  38. Anonymous November 2018 at 4:16 pm

    I am grateful that I am able to find a program when traveling. Sometimes that is when I really need one!

  39. Amber S. November 2018 at 4:14 pm

    I am so thankful for a program that teaches me to take care of me. My program teaches me that I no longer have to accept unacceptable behavior, and I have tools that I can use on how to stop being subjected to that unacceptable behavior without losing my serenity. I also do not have to react in anger immediately as I once would have before I found Al-Anon, I can take a step back, take a breath, and think about the situation more clearly and from a loving place with my Higher Power in charge, not my will. I am so thankful to ALL of you who come to the rooms and who share their experience strength and hope so that no matter my struggles, there is someone else who has been there too. We are not alone in the rooms of Al-Anon and that is a true blessing.

  40. Malley S. November 2018 at 4:07 pm

    This morning I was on a treadmill watching a business program that went to a commercial break they played the song, On the Sunny Side of the Street. Immediately, I realized that I’m so thankful for the Al-Anon principles I’ve learned to put into practice in my life. Before Al-Anon I walked on the shaded side of the street with my blues parading behind me. Now I realize I have left my worries, I’m not afraid, and happily have crossed over to the sunny side of the street. Thank you all!

  41. Angela A. November 2018 at 3:56 pm

    For ALL 36 of our Legacies…and for the World Service Office Staff members!! Love y’all!

  42. Audrey A. November 2018 at 3:45 pm

    I am grateful for my spiritual awakening as a result of working the Twelve Steps with my sponsor! And that I continue to have my “aha” moments with my Higher Power. More is always revealed.

  43. Barb M. November 2018 at 3:30 pm

    I am grateful that the program is always there for me; it never takes a vacation, doesn’t take the day off or have office hours.

  44. Trudy V. November 2018 at 3:10 pm

    I have been in Al-Anon and working the program in my life for 34 years. My gratitude list is sooooo long, but I’ll begin with my gratitude for becoming desperate enough to search for help and find this program. I am grateful I was encouraged to do the Steps and take part in service work from the beginning. I am grateful Al-Anon lead me to being the human being, wife and mother I dreamt of being. I’m grateful I learned about, understood and practiced unconditional love for myself and others. Most of all, I am grateful I found the peace of mind I was looking for.

  45. EABG November 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Al-Anon is where I first heard about gratitude lists and about having “an attitude of gratitude”. What simple but powerful ideas! As a previous sharer wrote, I am thankful for a program that helps me be the best version of myself, the real me that my Higher Power intended me to be. I too can see reality and not get tangled up in fear and expectations. Al-Anon helps me keep an open mind, open heart and open arms of welcome and caring for all of us who suffer from others’ drinking.

  46. Sue November 2018 at 2:37 pm

    When I came to Al-Anon, I heard as we follow the Al-Anon way of life, things are bound to improve…and I am a living witness to the fact that they have….for our whole family! More compassion, less judgement! Thanks to all my Al-Anon friends at home and everywhere because every day we pray for each other. And our Higher Power helps us!

  47. Elsie November 2018 at 2:37 pm

    For all the very dedicated members who always go and share kindly with others. Thank you.

  48. Susan L. November 2018 at 2:21 pm

    It may sound like a cliche to say I am thankful for everything, yet I know today that every life experience I have had has helped me become the person I am and be where I am today. I am very grateful for a Higher Power who has been with me all the while loving me, showing me, and guiding me to Al-Anon. I am and will be forever grateful to the Al-Anon Fellowship. It has not only changed my life, it has given me a life that I never dreamed possible. I am grateful to be of service in Al-Anon. Each day I express my gratitude for being alive, awake, and functional. I am grateful for my family and friends, alcoholic and non. There is so many things I can list, a few include I am grateful for a bed and bed sheets and blankets. I am grateful for my two indoor cats and one feral cat. I am grateful for my job. Al-Anon has taught me gratitude. Thank you.

  49. Jan K. November 2018 at 2:18 pm

    I am THANKFUL for Al-Anon !!! Because I joined our marriage is still intact and better than ever and our relationship with our grown daughter, husband and granddaughter is very good as well!!! My life is richer and healthier and Peaceful.

  50. Tracy November 2018 at 2:03 pm

    I, too, am so grateful for Al-Anon, my friends in Al-Anon and the support and friendship they provide. The Al-Anon program has such amazing tools that can provide serenity and a better way of thinking and acting. I have been in and out of this program for a long time, but I’m grateful to have found my way back again!

  51. Cindy November 2018 at 1:48 pm

    I am thankful for the Al-Anon program for getting me through many years of drinking, drugging etc. Right now my husband who is an alcoholic has been sober for 10 years and my alcoholic/drug addict son is clean and sober . My son is back home and not living on the street. I am thankful to have a loving and giving family as well. I am also thankful for my job even when it stresses me out. One day at a time I can get through anything with my Higher Power and this wonderful program.

  52. Anne H. November 2018 at 1:43 pm

    I am grateful for the Al-Anon program getting me reconnected to my Higher Power whose power gives me trust to do His will.

  53. Samira G. November 2018 at 1:36 pm

    The greatest gift I have received from Al-Anon was to develop a loving relationship with my Higher Power.

    With HP all things are possible.
    With HP, we lack nothing.
    HP suffices.

  54. Marcela November 2018 at 1:33 pm

    I’m grateful for this program because it brought me closer to my Higher Power. Realizing that people are not my salvation, or blaming others for my issues. I am responsible for my feelings, and having God in my life means just trusting in the process. There’s a reason for things to occur. I’m grateful for my sons and my partner and my friends and everything that I have in my life. They’re all blessings in my life!

  55. Mary November 2018 at 1:04 pm

    So grateful for the freedom to live my life no matter what else is going on. My home group has been my support family through so many challenges this year. I am never alone even when I can’t hear my Higher Power. Thank you Al-Anon.

  56. Ann November 2018 at 1:01 pm

    I am happy to talk about gratitude!
    I like to do topic on this at my meeting before the holidays I find it to be important!
    I’m grateful to have been guided to Al-Anon more than 20 years ago.The meetings have given me tools to navigate life on life’s terms. I have an amazing sponsor who has gotten me into service beyond the meeting level and it’s been a great experience so far and has deepened my recovery and healing!
    Forever grateful💕🦋

  57. Karen November 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Thankful that I was directed to Al-Anon 18 years ago. Al-Anon gave me hope that life would get better & it did! The program has given me tools to live and cope with whatever life has to bring.

  58. Karen November 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Thankful that I was directed to Al-Anon 18 years ago. Al-Anon gave me hope that life would get better & it did! The program has given me tools to live and cope with whatever life has to bring.

  59. RobinLynn November 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Sharing my gratitude for all those tools and slogans. Sharing my gratitude for hearing and seeing the growth as members share their experiences, strengths, and hopes. I have gained so much insight through working my Al-Anon program. I am thankful for my very special relationship with Pat. I’ve learned to take care myself by learning to accept so many moments of true Joy !!!

  60. Tracy G. November 2018 at 12:53 pm

    My life!!!! Before I came to Al-Anon I was not living my life: Just hoping to survive each day. I was exhausted, found no pleasure in anything, and had become isolated from friends and family. As a result of Al-Anon I live each day with a sense of hope, even though the alcoholic is still drinking. I’ve discovered who I am, and rediscovered my hopes and goals. I’ve learned to Live, and Let Live. I am so grateful to be ME. How lucky I feel, that I found the rooms of Al-Anon where I have learned I do have- and deserve -my own life.

  61. Greg E. November 2018 at 12:50 pm

    I am thankful for my family and friends and supporters who have helped me get through one of my most serious health crises in my life. Without the tools and friendships in Al-Anon, I would not be walking upright on my own today. Al-Anon has helped me maintain a positive attitude, and helped me “dig out” when I fell into despair. I am grateful for each day, rain, snow or shine. Thank You Al-Anon, Thank You Higher Power for getting the joy and serenity back into my life!

  62. Sallie November 2018 at 12:46 pm

    The tools of this program help me every day to stay balanced. I am grateful that I am willing to accept God’s grace and guidance.

  63. Darlene S. November 2018 at 12:31 pm

    I am thankful to be in the program for 12 years. It is a way of life for me. I have discovered peace. I am so thankful to have a personal relationship with my Higher Power who is God. Al-Anon is where I found all of this!

  64. Mary H. November 2018 at 12:11 pm

    I am definitely thankful for Al-Anon. I have been going faithfully for 24 years and this is my way of life. Both my husband and I are in the program and the 12 steps are such a blessing in helping us both. I am also thankful for my family and friends. I am thankful for having a successful business. I’m thankful for this beautiful world God has made and all the wonderful animals. I am thankful for my relationship with my Higher Power who I choose to call God. He is with me all the time. Sometimes I don’t feel it but feelings aren’t facts like they say in Al-Anon. I am thankful my husband is in the program and I am so thankful for AA and all the people it is helping all over the world. I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and so happy we have this program and all the people in it.

  65. Jennifer S. November 2018 at 12:03 pm

    I’m SO grateful for the fellowship after the years of isolation and fear-based avoidance of people. I’m grateful for the opportunity to grow with real support, and the rewards of doing service absolutely blow my mind! I’m grateful to the ones holding this space for me to express my gratitude, and even grateful for the pain I endured on my way to getting here, so my life could be the kind I’m grateful for. Sending out so much love, thank you Al-Anon!

  66. Lee November 2018 at 12:03 pm

    I am so grateful for my sober sister who shared a book with me about the family disease of alcoholism and how help was available in a group called Al-Anon in November of 1985. Since then my life has changed continually for the better. Where I was despairing there is hope, where I was feeling isolated and alone I am surrounded by love and kindness and know how to offer that love and kindness to others, especially my family, freely.
    More often these days I able to “live and let live”, “let others be others”, forgive, accept, live in the present, be happy, listen. What a wonderful way to live, detaching with love rather than running from those I profess to love while maintaining healthy boundaries.
    I am so grateful for sponsorship, program friends, service, meetings, and the God of my understanding, loving and directing me each day through all of life’s challenges and joys and blessings.
    Last Saturday I was able to join my family for a retirement party for one of my sisters. What a wonderful gift it was to go share and be part of the celebration without expectations or trying to control everything and everyone and just love them as they are.
    Thank you Al-Anon

  67. Jeanettte H. November 2018 at 12:00 pm

    I am grateful I am married to a recovering alcoholic. WE are fortunate in that we both found programs to live by.

  68. Victoria November 2018 at 11:58 am

    Victoria,
    Grateful Al-Anon,
    My first year in program coming to a close.

    I am most grateful for the love and support I have found in my meetings.
    The tools.
    The peace of mind when I work the Steps.
    I am grateful to have a Safe Place to share
    And fellows to lean on for wise ESH.
    Forever Grateful for my Program💕

  69. Maura November 2018 at 11:53 am

    I am so so thankful for my Al-Anon sponsor, Paula she rocks ! My Al-Anon meetings, readings… Friends I have made in Al-Anon…
    Peace and Serenity with my family.. .ex husband(never would have believed this before Al-Anon)… all thanks to my work in Al-Anon.

  70. Rosemarie C. November 2018 at 11:49 am

    hi!! I came to in Al-Anon in May 2000. I was just diagnosed with a non-alcoholic liver disease!! Imagine that!! He drank constantly and I get the liver disease…This made me very angry at him and the unfair world. I called AA thinking they would go get him and make him stop drinking. Well, that isn’t how it works. The man who answered the AA hotline talked and listened to me and then gave me a phone # to call. I called them and guess who it was? Al-Anon office answered my prayers for help. I went to my first meeting and couldn’t stop crying. Especially when they read Understanding Ourselves. I thought, was someone in my house or in my head? How could they know what I was feeling? Well, I now know that that is how a lot of people feel when they are with an alcoholic. I immediately wanted relief for the misery and pain I felt. I got the welcome packet and a phone list and the directory. I consigned myself to go to meetings. I went down the list of meetings close to me. And the more I went, the better I felt. I chose a sponsor and then told her my story. You see, I was married to a man of Mexican descent and he only spoke Spanish. I had learned Spanish a while before and when I went to an English speaking meeting and looked at all the ladies there, I thought they couldn’t possibly understand how I felt because my husband was Mexican and Mexicans drank differently, or so I thought. But as I continued to go to meetings I understood that it is a world wide problem with alcoholic drinkers…And I have continued going to meetings and talking to my sponsor and my Al-Anon friends. I still go to the same meetings, both have moved to new meeting places but the people are the same ones and many new ones who go to the meetings with me. I am eternally grateful to Al-Anon and Bill and Lois W. for creating a safe place to go to for peace and serenity that I can get by attending. As long as I am willing to participate to help myself become better. No one can do that for me…I have to want it to make it happen. When we close the meeting and hold hands, we always say “Keep coming back!” Thank you Al-Anon for giving me back to me!!

  71. Barbara November 2018 at 11:45 am

    I am so thankful, for my HP leading me into Al-Anon, my life is truly blessed today, because of our amazing programme.

  72. Laura PR November 2018 at 11:44 am

    I am a grateful member of Al-Anon for 28 years. I came wanting to break the cycle of my family dynamics of origin. I came in trying to be kind to my ex-husband. In Al-Anon I found myself with all my flaws. Thank goodness I found a wise sponsor. After doing the Steps and serving, I found a peace my children could live with. Later on I became a sponsor. I am thankful for my sponsees. With them I go through the Twelve Steps over again and again. I learn more about myself every year. My family, all grown now, live the Twelve Steps they learned along with me. I am eternally grateful.

  73. Usha November 2018 at 11:40 am

    I am most thankful for starting attending my home group meeting after my long break of two years due to my health issue.
    I am most thankful for online HOW yahoo group where I started opening up after my long silence and also started my Steps work with my amazing online sponsor, who has always been there for me in times of major crisis situation and that was really true spirit of fellowship which I truly feel on this online group and that motivated me to start attending my local home group meeting which is a route of my Al-Anon. Thanks to Al-Anon and this amazing program.

    Love n Hugs to all !

  74. Leticia G. November 2018 at 11:40 am

    Estoy agradecida por haber recuperado a mi familia, agradecida porque es el Poder Superior quien me da la fortaleza para hacer su voluntad.

  75. Nicole B. November 2018 at 11:38 am

    I am thankful for so many things Al-Anon has brought into my life such as self-care first, serenity, an ability to choose and to know I have choices even when it feels like I don’t. I am grateful to not have to do anything alone and only have to do life one day at time. I am blessed with understanding and friendships!

  76. Loreta November 2018 at 11:23 am

    I’m most thankful for having good health, physically and emotionally. Also for the patience and understanding I’ve found in program. This above has allowed me the space for clarity and finding my personal and professional purpose.

  77. Claudine E. November 2018 at 11:13 am

    I am most grateful for the growing sense of connection I am gaining thru recovery. I am finding a family connection that is not with my bio family, but is growing and dependable. I am finding a continual contact with Higher Power, and with my world…I am finding a life worth living.
    Thanks to all for your journey and the support sharing it gives me.

  78. Clem C. November 2018 at 11:12 am

    Our story is one of hope. Five and a half years ago, our son quit drinking and has been sober ever since. Today, he is a new man. Symptoms of his sobriety are that he is happily married with a step-son and a new baby. They have purchased a house which is their home and it is filled with love. This is one of the greatest blessings a parent could be given.

    Moreover, my membership in the Al-Anon fellowship has made it possible for me to be a part of their lives. It has healed our family’s relationships with each other. It has provided close friends who understand what we went through for ten years before we found a solution in Al-Anon.

    So, what am I most grateful for? That a God of my understanding did for us what we were unable to do for ourselves and that we share a love and gratitude for each other that was absent for so long.

  79. Carol R. November 2018 at 11:09 am

    Good morning Friends
    I am so thankful I found Al-Anon and the friendships I have been so fortunate to have made. I am so thankful for the sane, healthy and loving marriage because we are both in a 12 step program. I am thankful for daily reminders and thank God for all that I have. To step outside and enjoy all my beautiful trees.
    Carol
    Quebec, Canada

  80. Sharon M. November 2018 at 11:07 am

    As I sit here watching our first snow storm, I reflect on how lucky I am to not have to go on slippery roads and take my life in my hands today.
    I have a lot to be thankful for but most important to me is my Al-Anon program that I was guided to 30 yrs ago.
    Because of this program I am so thankful to have a relationship with my children who want me involved in their lives today because I learned how to detach with love and mind my own business.

    Hugs…

  81. Marion C. November 2018 at 11:06 am

    I’m thankful for so many things, but first for my Higher Power who led me to this program, almost 40 years ago, through a friend. I’m grateful for never having taken a vacation from this program and despite some real devastating losses in my life, I’m still standing. I’m thankful for my family, my husband, children that are still alive and grandchildren. A very special daughter-in-law, who I have to thank my son, who lost his life 1-1/2 years ago and for their daughter for gifting us with. So many great friends in this program, Grateful for the gift of being a sponsor and being able to pass on the gift, I’ve been given. Grateful for my meetings, and the literature, the conventions and the opportunity to lead workshops, what a gift, to listen to others share, from all over the place. Hearing new things, all the time despite the length of time in program and keeping an open mind and being teachable. Thank you for letting me ramble on.

  82. Shawn K. November 2018 at 11:05 am

    I am thankful that although I do not use the program as well as I could, it still is there in my mind, daily, constantly as a reminder how to live my life with those I love in active addiction. I am grateful for the lack of judgment from my sponsor and those in the rooms where I attend. I am most grateful that I can spread what I learned to others to help them relieve their own pain.

  83. Shelley R. November 2018 at 11:04 am

    I am so thankful for Al-Anon…I have found serenity. My husband never found sobriety but these last 3 years before his passing away were met with kindness. I have no regrets. 37 years of marriage were like a roller coaster ride. Al-Anon gave me self-respect and guidelines for how I wanted to be treated. My son has not found sobriety yet, but thanks to my program I have given him my love and his self-respect to grieve in his own way while I find my way.

  84. Louise P. November 2018 at 11:02 am

    It is easy to say that I am grateful for family and friends, my job and my home, but I learned long ago that it is difficult to say that I am grateful for the problems I find in my life. Al-Anon has helped me to be grateful for the challenges and tough times that I face. It is only in facing these challenges and painful things in our lives that we learn just how strong we are. We learn new ways to cope with those things that are difficult. But it is this growth that makes us strong and allows us to become the persons we need to be. Today I am happy because Al-Anon has helped me face the challenges in my life and given me the strength to face new ones with hope, rather than despair.

  85. Jeanette V. November 2018 at 10:53 am

    Through the program, I learned that I had NO IDEA what made ME happy. The program also gave me the tools to find out. The result, I am moving back across country to live in a place that is right for ME. [I learned through this experience that is is true – when people pleasers stop pleasing people, people are not pleased. 😉 ] Yay for me!

  86. Elizabeth D. November 2018 at 10:52 am

    I am thankful for my sponsee who teaches me how to be a sponsee!
    I lost my sponsor last year. I am grateful to have a new sponsor, who was my sponsor’s sponsor. We can move forward and also remember and honor our lost friend.

  87. Jackie November 2018 at 10:52 am

    I am grateful for a loving Higher Power who is readily accessible to all. I am grateful for recovery in Al-Anon and for the effects it is having on my children. I am grateful for my children – I am humbled that God would gift them to my care.

  88. Peggy W. November 2018 at 10:52 am

    What I am thankful for: The past eight years in Al-Anon because I realized I don’t have to hide the things that make me happy. It is ok for me to take care of myself.

  89. Sandra G. November 2018 at 10:51 am

    I am grateful for the many years that I have in Al-Anon. I have grown tremendously in self-care, self-esteem, and learning when to let go. My journey continues surrounded by my loving Al-Anon family.

  90. Nita H. November 2018 at 10:51 am

    What makes me happy is knowing there is a place for me to go. What I am thankful for is knowing that the people in these rooms that accept and understand where I am coming from. I feel safe, and loved. It took all of them loving me to finally be able to love myself. The scares are deep but the love will break through if you keep coming back. I am so glad I did.

  91. Anne November 2018 at 10:43 am

    Thankful that my three children are in recovery and I attend meeting weekly.

  92. Amy November 2018 at 10:39 am

    I am full of gratitude for those who demonstrated courage by sharing their personal stories with complete transparency.
    Hope has replaced despair. Peace has replaced fear. Connection has replaced isolation.

    Thanks Al-Anon family for helping me live a more authentic life- One Day At A Time.

    ~ Amy H.
    Kentucky

  93. Carol J. November 2018 at 10:38 am

    That God gave me free agency. That it is okay to be me, wherever, with whomever I choose. I get to choose my happiness everyday from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed.

  94. Joan S. November 2018 at 10:37 am

    I am most thankful for my recovery in Al-Anon. This past year has been challenging and I have been supported by my group meetings, my sponsees, my family, and my wonderful Higher Power. Many of the past 48 years have also been challenging and have been supported by the above plus my sponsors, my service, and the exquisite Conference Approved Literature.

  95. Barbara K. November 2018 at 10:33 am

    I am grateful for my 30 years in Al-Anon, for my health meaning my eyes that see, my ears that hear, my mouth that speaks, my lungs that breathe, my legs that walk, my fingers that type and write, my toes that bend and walk, and ever so grateful for my wonderful boyfriend of over 10 years!

  96. Lou Ann November 2018 at 10:33 am

    My relationship with my HP.

  97. Patricia E. November 2018 at 10:32 am

    I am grateful for my life. I used to pray that I would live long enough to raise my three little children. They were 8, 6, and 3 when I entered the rooms of Al-Anon. I lived in fear with little hope. The family disease of alcoholism had taken away hope for a better future. I was running on empty, physically, spiritually and my emotions were everywhere. I could not focus on raising 3 children. I was yelling at them for no reason.

    Once I got into the program, the slogans and then the Steps along with a sponsor helped get me want to live and be healthy. Al-Anon gave me a Higher Power that wants peace not disaster, a life I could never imagine before. I feel so blessed, God gave me this program.

  98. Patrick B. November 2018 at 10:30 am

    I’m grateful to be learning this year that, as a man, it’s okay to be masculine and still recognize and accept my feelings. I read a book about intimacy. In one part it said I had to be intimate with myself before I could be intimate with others. I chuckled, but then read that intimacy is being completely honest. Boom!

  99. Jill November 2018 at 10:29 am

    The love and support of my wonderful Al-Anon home group and the worldwide fellowship as a whole!

  100. Sandi C. November 2018 at 10:24 am

    I am very grateful for my HP leading me to Al-Anon 37 years ago. Since that time my life continues to improve and I am mostly happy, joyous and free.

  101. Julie B. November 2018 at 10:22 am

    I am thankful for the opportunity to grow in this program together with other members, both seasoned and newcomers.

  102. Mike November 2018 at 10:22 am

    I’m thankful for the incredible loving support that I’ve received from the kind people I’ve met in meetings. Without them, I can say without exaggeration that I would not have made it through the period from Jan 2017 through May 2018. They were there for me like no one else has been…ever. These friends are overworked, stressed by family or illness, etc, but still found the time to call, email, or get together for a meal. I’m trying to follow their example. I remember going to a brand new meeting two days after my world crumbled (massively heartbroken, health issues, displaced from my home) and sharing on what was going on. I received so much love and support from these then total strangers!

    I’m also thankful that Al-Anon taught me that it’s OK not to be OK and that it’s OK to ask for help. It’s still hard to pick up the phone at times, though, but it’s progress not perfection, eh?

  103. Kimberly November 2018 at 10:20 am

    I am thankful for my Al-anon family. Without them it would have been an even rougher ride this last year. I praise God for my support group. It’s not just my local group, it’s Al-anon everywhere.

  104. Clara November 2018 at 10:18 am

    I am thankful and grateful for being an Al-anon member and for my late husband urged me to try al-anon and see if it was a good fit for me as he was in AA for 40 yrs. I took his advice and not only was it a good fit, it changed my life for the better with my family, coworkers, relationships and especially me personally. Also another and possibly the best was all the friends I made. Even my family members noticed a change for the good in me and I owe it all to Al-Anon.
    I have recently relocated to a small town so I have been trying to find another “good fit” as my new relocation includes a new personal relationship and new extended family that I will be able to share my al-anon experience. Thanks for letting me share

  105. Monica November 2018 at 10:16 am

    I am so thankful for this program! It has given me the hope, strength and tools I need for everyday living and because of that I can be the best version of myself. A better wife, mother and a friend. Thank you to Alanon and the great people within these rooms.

  106. Cindy November 2018 at 10:14 am

    Today i am thankful for being able to not have expectations for the holidays. That i can enjoy myself and take care of myself. I can be in the moment rather than fear and worry about making others happy. Thanks to AlAnon and the tools of the program I am able to give others the dignity to live their lives and have their own journey.

  107. Esther November 2018 at 10:12 am

    Iam so thankful for my life , for the man in my life , for my daughters and sons for my grandchildren my Al-Anon group
    For the sun the air the rain
    For nature , friend, I can go on an on .

  108. Grace November 2018 at 10:11 am

    My journey has brought me to a place of inner peace . I’m grateful I can see the world as it is and not how I want it to be . My gratitude for Al-Anon is beyond what words can describe..

  109. Tamara D November 2018 at 10:11 am

    My Al-anon family

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