Motivation Mondays

Overcoming Hopelessness

Weekly Focal Point

“Three things I will practice every day from now on:
1. I will stop being a crutch for the alcoholic/addict.
2. I will not let myself concentrate on the distressing features of my present existence, but will look for the good things in it.
3. I will remind myself that self-respect can relieve me of the need for pity, my own and others.”


One Day At A Time Series

Have I the courage to face up to the problems that alcoholism has brought into my life? Can I believe that my situation is not really hopeless and that I am capable of improving it? Can I keep myself cheerful when everything seems to be leading me to despair? The answer could be YES, if I refuse to accept the alcoholic’s responsibilities and leave them to him, regardless of the consequences. I could overcome my hopelessness by opening my eyes to the troubles other people live with, so often much worse than mine. I could bring myself to a brighter view of life if I weren’t always feeling sorry for myself; despair is often a mask for self-pity.

3 C’s of Al-Anon

  1. We didn’t CAUSE it
  2. We can’t CONTROL it
  3. We can’t CURE it


Considerations for the Week

  1. How has my self-pity kept me from having a new experience with my Creator?
  2. Will I prayerfully consider that my perspective needs to be changed in order for me to gain the freedom in family recovery that I am seeking?