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Al-Anon Forum Magazine Featured Article

It's OK
It feels as though walking into an Al-Anon meeting and opening my mind and heart to others takes so much courage and trust. These are two things that I work on daily. I go to a meeting full of things to share, but I leave without speaking.
When someone shares something traumatic, I feel my problems are petty and that I shouldn't bother anyone with my silly ideas. When I leave the house at night to go to a meeting, my problems seem big. Even though what I have to share may be different from others, not as traumatic as theirs, I know I can share and that I should share. Because my problems are real, they are important. I also know that I am important and that my feelings are worth sharing.
I need to find the courage and trust to share with others so I can grow. When I finally speak, others might hear just what they really need to hear, too. When I listen to people share, that's what I always hear - just what I need. My Higher Power has His way of speaking to me through other people. Maybe what I hear is a message that I'll need to remember somewhere down my path of recovery.
I need to remember when I'm sharing from my heart, I can't go wrong. I have a fear of what to say, how to say it and if I'll do it right. All these fears come to me, but I'm learning One Day at a Time that it's okay. I Keep Coming Back. I know someday I will be able to share with ease and maybe even without fear. I am grateful to the loving people at my meetings who let me grow in my own time. I know it has helped me, just to write this.
Susan H. - Washington
Alcoholism is a family disease. Those of us who live with, or have have lived with, this disease as children or adults sometimes have problems which the Al-Anon program can help us to resolve. If you have answered yes to some of all of the above questions, Al-Anon may be of help to you. You can contact Al-Anon by checking your local telephone directory, or from the Resources page. Phone numbers and Contact Information for the Austin Area are listed on the Contact Page of this website.
These articles were reproduced with permission from 'The Forum', the monthly inspirational newsletter of Al-Anon. Al-Anon World Headquarters, Inc. is located in Virginia Beach, VA. See www.Al-Anon.org for more information.