MTG – Orlando – “Serenity Now! AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Giving genuine compliments helps me focus on the positive.  Because complimenting the negative is just sarcasm. 2. If I’m throwing jabs at someone, does that make me a jabelin thrower? 😉

CAL – Reserve Fund Guideline (Item # G-41)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This guideline focuses on withholding money for good, healthy reasons.  How different that is from my pre-Al-Anon days when I withheld money out of fear, or as punishment… 2. The most interesting part of this guideline is the list of personal questions on page 4 – especially the question about how my…

CAL – Ordering Literature (Item # G-31)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. One might think that since I’m an LDC (Literature Distribution Center), that this would be my favorite Guideline of all, but that’s not the case.  It focuses more on how to order literature directly through the World Service Office & only mentions in passing that ordering from your local LDC supports local services.  (So…

CAL – Area Archives (Item # G-30)

WHAT I LEARNED: Much like a library’s collection, archives grow continuously & are typically limited by physical space.  This guideline focuses on the preservation of Al-Anon’s local history, but only from a standpoint of keeping paper items & audio tapes – which means we are relying on the Area Archivist (or a designated committee) to…

CAL – Guidelines for Newsletter Editors (Item # G-21)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. For some reason I thought newsletters were only for Districts, but apparently they can also be for Areas & Al-Anon Information Services. 2. Reading this item made me miss our newsletter for District 6.  We voted to discontinue it in place of our website, however according to this guideline, there’s a…

CAL – Alateen Talks Back on: Detachment (Item # P-73)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This booklet came out in 1995 is the 6th (& last) one in the “Alateen Talks Back On…” series.  Originally planned as a 9-part series, the 6th piece was supposed to be about the 12 Steps & Traditions but the material eventually ended up in the larger book, “Courage to Be Me” (item…

MTG – Casselberry – “Recovery Through the Steps AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED: Although Tradition 10 has two negative words in it (“no” & “never”) & talks about what we shouldn’t do, the positive meaning behind it is about two main things we can do: focus on ourselves & carry the message to those that want it.  To me, this Tradition is about acceptance.  As a…

CAL – As We Understood… (Item # B-11)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Based on its size, this book looks like it might be a daily reader, but it’s not designed that way.  The purpose of the book was to share members’ sense of the spiritual (not religious) nature of the program.  It doesn’t focus on any one particular Step & I’m glad for…

CAL – Outreach to the Public/Media (Item # G-10)

WHAT I LEARNED: The last revision to this guideline was in 2004 & I think it’s due for an update because when I read the title regarding “media,” I thought there might be info in this that includes social media as well, but there wasn’t.  …Maybe a whole new separate guideline needs to be created…

CAL – Alateen Meetings in Schools (Item # G-5)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. I thought there were only 2 general meeting types, open or closed.  However, there is a third: limited access meetings, which is what Alateen meetings often are when they’re held in a school. 2. Schools are required by law to report certain types of abuse, so I’ve often wondered how a meeting can…

CAL – Anonymity (Item # P-65)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This pamphlet came out in 1991 & was included in a media kit for outreach purposes. It mentions confidentiality & I started thinking of how that was different than anonymity.  Confidentiality implies trust (confidence) & indicates intimacy.  It’s how we relate to one another on a personal, private level.  It’s our…

CAL – Alateen’s 4th Step Inventory (Item # P-64)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This 4th Step workbook focuses on 6 key areas: Attitudes, Self-Esteem, Love, Responsibility, Feelings, & Relationships.  Each section has 4-5 sharings, 2 cartoons, 8 questions, & best of all, pages to draw!  I can’t remember the last time I drew what my feelings looked like…  (I probably used a lot of…