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Slogans for Serenity

Categories: Principles

Some days it’s hard to maintain serenity.  Some days, we need easy reminders of the things we need to focus on.  Acronyms and mnemonics help a lot of people to remember ideas, thoughts, and concepts.  The Al-Anon program includes several simple, familiar, easy-to-remember slogans and acronyms that members have found helpful for coping with a variety of circumstances.


Anger Is Just One Letter Short Of Danger

An Expectation Is A Resentment Waiting To Happen

Detachment, Not Amputation

Easy Does It

Feelings Aren’t Facts

First Things First

How Important Is It?

If In Doubt, Don’t

Just For Today

Keep An Open Mind

Keep Coming Back

Keep It Simple

Keep The Focus On Yourself

Let Go And Let God

Let It Begin With Me

Listen And Learn

Live And Let Live

Live At Peace With Ourselves And Others

Look Back Without Staring

Obedience To The Unenforceable

One Day At A Time

Principles Above Personalities

Progress, Not Perfection

Quiet The Mind, Open The Heart

Take Care Of Yourself

Take Your Own Inventory (Not Someone Else’s)

The Healing Is In The Hearing

Think (Stop And Think)

This Too Shall Pass

Together We Can Make It



Three A’s – Awareness, Acceptance, Action

Three C’s – I didn’t cause it, I can’t control it, I can’t cure it

Detach – Don’t Ever Think About Changing Him/Her

Fear – False Evidence Appearing Real

Three G’s – Get off their back, Get out of their way, Get on with your own life

How – Honest, Open, Willing

Four Unwanted M’s – Martyrdom, Managing, Manipulating, Mothering

Three Unwanted P’s – Perfectionism, Procrastination, Paralysis

Qtip – Quit Taking It Personal

Think! – is it… Thoughtful, Honest, Intelligent, Necessary, Kind

Halt – don’t get too… Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired

Wait – Why Am I Talking?

Author: District 19 Web Coordinator