May 1

I must do many things for myself, but I am not wholly self-sufficient. I need the help, support, and guidance I receive from my Higher Power and my Al-Anon friends. When I catch myself struggling with a problem today, I will let go of it long enough to reach out for help.

May 2

There are many areas of my life that I cannot change. What I can change is my attitude. Today I can accept my life as it is. I can be grateful and happy, here and now, with that I have.

May 3

Sometimes it is more loving to allow someone else to experience the natural consequences of their actions, even when it is painful for us both. In the long run, both of us will benefit. Today I will put love first in my life.

May 4

Recovery is a wonderful word. It means getting something back. Today I will try to remember that “that something” is me.

May 5

Part of learning humility is learning to contribute to my own well-being. Today I will do something loving for myself that I’d normally do for someone else.

May 6

Many have known shame and fear and many have known joy. Sharing mine with others today will make my ride through life a smoother one.

May 7

When I accept that alcoholism is a disease, it becomes easier to recognize that I, too, have been affected by something beyond my control, and to begin to recovery from those effects.

May 8

While I am responsible for changing what I can, I have to let go of the rest if I want peace of mind. Just for today I will love myself enough to give up a struggle over something that is out of my hands.

May 9

One way to learn to love myself is to accept the love of others. Even if I don’t feel deserving. I can be grateful for another’s kindness. And if I appreciate something about someone else, I can tell them so. A small gesture can go a long way toward healing a hurting soul.

May 10

Today I will speak for myself, secure in the fact that I am supported by a fellowship of men and women who “understand as perhaps few others can.”

May 11

Today I will spend some time exploring the most intimate human relationship I will ever have – my relationship with myself.

May 12

When I feel far away from a Higher Power, I have to listen very carefully. I listen at meetings, I listen to music, I listen to the wisdom that comes through our literature, and I try to be open to what I hear. I never know from where a message will come.

May 13

Today I will have faith in my ability to act. When the time seems right, I will make the best choice I can and allow myself to enjoy the results.

May 14

Whether or not I see immediate benefits, today I choose to keep coming back.

May 15

I will not let old fears keep me away from the support that is available to me. I am worthy of love and respect.

May 16

A wonderfully nurturing atmosphere is created when people help other people by being themselves and sharing their own experiences. I will contribute to this interchange today.

May 17

My worst fears about tomorrow need not affect this day. By letting them go, I am free to grow. What bad habit can I change today? What fear can I face? What joy can I acknowledge? What good fortune, no matter how modest, can I celebrate? All I have is today. Let me make today the most fully alive day I have ever experienced.

May 18

The Chinese word for crisis is written with two characters. The first stands for danger, and the second for opportunity. I will look for the good hidden within everything I encounter.

May 19

If I compare, I lose. Maybe I’ll come out feeling better than somebody this time, but next time I’m bound to feel worse. The best way to stop feeling that I’m not good enough is to stop comparing altogether.

May 20

I am learning to pay attention to my thinking. If there is something I cannot contemplate without becoming obsessed, I will respect the fact and act accordingly. I will gather the strength and support of my Al-Anon program, my friends, and my Higher Power before I try to reason it out. And if it is none of my business, I won’t pick it up at all.

May 21

Today, when I ask my Higher Power to remove my shortcomings, I will try to do so with a peaceful heart.

May 22

Today I will take some time to strengthen my relationship with my Higher Power. This will bring me closer to seeing the truth as my ally and recognizing my own inner loveliness.

May 23

Today I will have the courage to look the truth in the face, admit my errors and my achievements, appreciate my growth, and make amends where I have done harm.

May 24

The path to my true heart’s desire is to surrender to the will of my Higher Power.

May 25

How do I feel today? How am I doing? If I can answer those questions truthfully, I am more likely to pursue the help I need and to share the happy times with others as well.

May 26

As I grow, I continue to learn and to unlearn, replacing old ideas with new ones and reclaiming others that had been cast aside. Today I welcome this flow of information that will nourish and replenish me as I become more fully myself.

May 27

I will not let fear of disappointment prevent me from enjoying this day. I have great capacity for happiness.

May 28

Looking back, I see many examples of the grade of a Power greater than myself at work in my life. I see progress in being restored to sanity, and I am increasingly confident that my progress will continue.

May 29

Today I will recognize that worries can be potent and mind-altering. I choose not to indulge in them at all.

May 30

If I am being hard on myself, I can stop and remember that I deserve gentleness and understanding from myself. Being human is not a character defect! Today I will be gentle with my humanness.

May 31

Self-knowledge is the path to personal freedom. The Steps give me directions and help me to cope with anything I encounter along the way.