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Time for a Laugh - The Next Logical Thing
I had been in Al-Anon for about a year when I went through a period of obsessing about things I couldn't control. One particular night I wanted to know what was going on in the garage, so I devised a plan to sneak out there to spy. My German Shepherd and Terrier have a doggie door leading to the backyard. The door is rather big because the German Shepherd is a huge dog. I was sure I could fit through the door, sneak up to the garage, peak in, and no one would ever know. I couldn't go through the gate to the backyard because it squeaks, which would have announced my approach.
So, there I was on my hands and knees and my dogs were fighting with me over who's going to go through the door first. My mission was successful in spite of the dogs, but it was a very tight squeeze. Once through the door, I proceeded to sneak up to the garage, secretly spy, and decided to go back in the house before being busted.
Now I'm standing on the outside of the doggie door, thinking. I realize I don't want to be crawling back through it should the person in the garage come out only to see my rear end sticking out of the doggie door. So I decide to do the next logical thing. I backed myself in through the door while both dogs are trying to see if we can all go through the door together. Needless to say I learned a lesson about obsessing, and I have not done that kind of behavior again.
By Valda M.
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.