An Al Anon member once said that the word "responsibility," when divided, actually menas our "ability" to "respond" to our own needs and to the needs of those around us. Years of living with active alcoholism hamstring most of us so that we are unable to respond; we simply react. Many of us confuse our responsibilities to others with a feeling of having to be responsible for everyone and everything that happens. The result is distorted relationships with family and friends.
An honest look at our responsibilities can help to increase our self-esteem and to improve those relationships that add so much meaning to our lives.
Blueprint for Progress, Al - Anon's 4th Step Inventory, pg.15