(Adapted for personal use from Courage to Change in Alanon.)
Some of us grow up for the first time in our programs. We learn to face the world as it really is and to take responsibility for our actions. We deal with our feelings and share honestly about our experiences. We learn about ourselves and nurture our spiritual growth and our physical and mental well-being. We become responsible adults.
An important part of the serious business of recovery involves recognizing our need to have fun--to take a trip, fly a kite, attend a concert, make noise, race down the street or blow bubbles. Light-heartedness can put troublesome situations into perspective. It reminds us that there is more to life than the problem at hand.
Taking ourselves too seriously won't solve a problem any quicker. In fact, taking a break may help more than continuing to struggle--even Jello must be left alone to form as it should. A good laugh may be the best tool available to help us let go, and we'll come back to our task refreshed.
A well-developed sense of humor helps me to detach from my personal struggles and triumphs. I will avoid taking myself too seriously today.
"One inch of joy surmounts of grief a span, because to laugh is proper to the man." Francois Rabelais