EPISODE 3 of my “CAL Chat” podcast is now available to listen to! How can I give the gift of dignity to the alcoholic? What page is possibly read the least in each daily reader? How can my inner child voice be heard in a different way? Once again, I had such a great conversation – this time with my guest, Cindy, about how the “Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017” (item # P-24/27) has improved her life, that I didn’t want to edit anything out so I had to break it up into 4 parts. (To hear this episode, please visit the show’s website at: www.calchatpodcast.com – or you can subscribe to it for free on iTunes & Google Play Music as well & you’ll be notified every time a new episode is posted.)
In part 1 of 4, we discuss the spiritual principle of anonymity (from pages 91-94), how the manual is not a rule book, that it’s always evolving (much like our own recovery), & what it has in common with a Sponsor.
In part 2 of 4, we explore pages 68-69 about moving forward, what progress realistically looks like, & how a disagreement can actually be a good thing! Pages 229 & 235 are also highlighted from the Concepts Amendments section & how it reminded me of a ring being passed down in a family. Cindy shares about how this fellowship is an opportunity to belong to something bigger than ourselves & where newcomers & long timers can meet together on pages 26-27.
Part 3 of 4 moves into discussion about how childhood experiences can influence how we see perfection, the Warranties (especially non-resistance from page 224), & punitive actions. She also relates how Concepts 6 & 7 (from pages 193-194) have applied to her relationship with her children.
Outreach literature is the focus of part 4 of 4 where Cindy describes how she has creatively used the daily reader “Courage To Change” (item # B-16, B-17 for large print, eB-16 for the electronic version, & eA-16 for the audiobook version). We eventually move into talking about Alateen literature & how those pieces can flow into Al-Anon & vice-versa because it’s all one program. Everything is available to be read by anybody! Lastly, listen to find out what page is possibly read the least in each daily reader!
**BONUS: If you’d like to follow the “CAL Chat” show on Instagram, visit: www.instagram.com/calchatfan1 or search #CALChatFan. It’s a different way to enjoy Conference Approved Literature. So, as always, I hope you enjoy & happy reading!