Weekly Focal Point: Authenticity
“We are constantly invited to be who we are.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
Courage to Change Series: Authenticity
Before coming to Al-Anon, I never felt I could be myself around other people. I was too busy trying to be what others wanted me to be, afraid people wouldn’t accept me the way I am. But with my first Al-Anon meeting I felt at ease. Members talked about common characteristics that I recognized myself. “They’re talking about themselves, but they’re describing me!” I thought. “I’m not crazy after all!” Meetings helped me to realize that there are many people in this world like me – people who had been affected by another’s alcoholism. I didn’t have to lie to people in those meetings, and eventually I learned that I didn’t have to lie to anyone anywhere. I came to see that I can live my life for inner peace and not for outward appearances.
3 C’s of Al-Anon
- We didn’t CAUSE it
- We can’t CONTROL it
- We can’t CURE it
AND WE WON’T CONTRIBUTE TO IT TODAY
Questions to Consider This Week
- With whom in my life do I consistently alter myself to gain approval?
- Has maintaining an image become more important than my emotional freedom today?
- Am I willing to be honest in prayer about my desire for other’s approval? Do I believe that my Higher Power can and will give me the assurances that I seek from outside sources?
- Can I give myself a break when I see that I am not always practicing authenticity?