N. FL Summer Assembly 2019 – Days 1 – 3

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. I have lost a lot of pain in Al-Anon. 2. Wise people plant trees under whose shade they’ll never sit. 3. We give from the gratitude we’ve already gotten. 4. The alcoholic has not volunteered to get sober. 5. God’s will for me is to stop playing God! 6. Joy is…

Gratitude Lunch – 12/8/18

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. A chair can be your Higher Power because it keeps your ass off the ground! 2. From the “Open letter from an Alcoholic” in the pamphlet “Three Views of Al-Anon” (item # P-15), I learned I was doing all the “don’ts!” — If you’d like to see a pic of my favorite…

N. FL Fall Assembly 2017 – Days 1 – 3

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. When I keep words like: should, shouldn’t, good, bad… out of my vocabulary, then I become more grateful. 2. I think that I think too much. 3. It’s important to know the difference between the God of my perception versus the God of my understanding. 4. If I don’t qualify my…

CAL – How Al-Anon Works (Item # B-22, B-32, eB-22, eA-22)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Originally, I was going to read this book as the very last one of this blog since I was making my way up to the top seller & according to the World Service Office, this one is it.  …It would be like starting a climb by already being at the top…

WORKSHOP – Orlando – Summer Service Workshop

WHAT I LEARNED: If Al-Anon was not supported by its own members, think of everything that would go away…  groups, CAL literature, phone hotlines, websites, Gratitude Dinners, Conventions, & even the World Service Office.  The 7th Tradition reminds me that no one is an island & it makes me grateful for everything that we do support…

CAL – Alateen Safety Guidelines (Item # G-34)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. According to this Alateen guideline, any reporting of child abuse is done on a personal basis, not as an Alateen Sponsor or an AMIAS (an Al-Anon Member Involved in Alateen Service).  This is done with Tradition 10 in mind to keep the fellowship out of public controversy! 2. Even though I’m not a certified…

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 – Moving On! From Alateen to Al-Anon (Item # P-59)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is my lowest selling pamphlet.  Since December 2011, I’ve only sold a grand total of 1 — & that was at a Gratitude Dinner.  So here again I thought “Why do I need to read this?  …No one else is!”  And once again, now after having read it, I feel…

CAL – The Concepts-Al-Anon’s Best Kept Secret? (Item # P-57)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Whereas the Steps are about recovery, & the Traditions about unity, what the Concepts are about is in their full title: the 12 Concepts of Service. Q: What is service? A: Gratitude in action! Per “Many Voices, One Journey” (item # B-31) page 154, Lois W. presented the Concepts in 1970…

Gratitude Dinner – 10/19/13

WHAT I LEARNED: Most of my great “leaps” in service work have been with Orlando’s District 10.  Speaking at their Gratitude Dinner last night was no exception & I owe them a big THANK YOU!!!  The best perk that I didn’t expect: being able to start the food line (instead of being last like usual)!   Ha…