WHAT I LEARNED: 1. The subtitle of this booklet is “Another Beginning” not, as I had hoped, “My Happy Ending!” At only 52 pages, it’s a quick read & covers topics such as: Accepting Changes, Courage, Resentments, Disappointments, Communication, & Happiness. (I especially like that the topics of Love & Sex are under the Communication category – how fitting!)
2. When I originally read this long ago during my boyfriend’s semi-sobriety, I didn’t like it because it didn’t seem to have any answers for me so I stopped halfway. Now I realize it’s because the book stresses patience, watching my expectations, & to keep working the Steps. (Stay on target!) …It was all the stuff I didn’t want to hear or do back then. All I wanted was a break & I thought his sobriety would be it. But in truth, sobriety was just a different reality, nobody guaranteed me it would be a better one.
3. My two favorite lines are both from page 43:
“There is more to happiness than our memory of it.”
“Those of us who are interested in making another beginning have to surrender the daydreams & begin with what is real.”