TRUST THE PROCESS
Weekly Focal Point: Process and Progress
“Always be a work in progress.”
~ Emily Lillian
Courage to Change Series: Trust the Process
A stonecutter may strike a rock ninety-nine times with no apparent effect, not even a crack on the surface. Yet with the hundredth blow, the rock splits in two. It was not the final blow that did the trick, but all that had gone before. The same is true of Al-Anon recovery. Perhaps I am working on accepting that alcoholism is a disease, or learning to detach, or struggling with self-pity. I may pursue a goal for months without obvious results and become convinced that I am wasting my time. But if I continue going to meetings, sharing about my struggle, taking it one day at a time, and being patient with myself, I may awaken to find that I have changed, seemingly overnight. Suddenly I have the acceptance, detachment, or serenity I’ve been seeking. The results may have revealed themselves abruptly, but I know that all those months of faith and hard work made the changes possible.
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
- What are three specific ways I can see my personal recovery progressing based on the small changes I have made each day?
- Will I consider praying for an attitude of progress rather than perfection?
- Does my expectation of immediate results permit me from being present on my recovery journey?
- Have I used my experience to encourage others who are struggling to trust the process and not be discouraged?