MTG – Orlando – “Today’s Hope AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED: “It is in trying to understand less that I experience more.”– quote from “Hope For Today” (item # B-28), page 206 (July 24th).  Since I personally feel there is no way I could possibly fully understand my Higher Power, does this mean that Step 11 could read as: “…to improve our conscious…

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 Area Convention 2017 – Days 1 – 3

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Tradition 4 is about protecting Al-Anon for future generations. 2. When applauding an alcoholic’s total years of sobriety, I am actually applauding God’s work! 3. The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s connection… Connection to a Higher Power. 4. Sometimes I need to put butter on it… & “let it…

CAL – Parents of Alcoholics (Item # R-18)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. The item # for this short 12-page piece begins with an “R” because this is a reprint of various articles from The Forum magazine.  It came out in 2012 & reprints are typically only printed for a 2-year period.  However, demand for this piece must be high because it’s now 4 years later…

CAL – Al-Anon & Alateen Groups at Work 2014-2017 (Item # P-24)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Recently on this blog, I did an in-depth review of the “Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017” (item # P-24/27).  If you read that review, then this entry will seem pretty similar for “Al-Anon & Alateen Groups at Work 2014-2017” (item # P-24).  …I used to think this item was a digest (or…

N. FL Area Convention 2016 – Days 1 – 3

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Sanity is having the appropriate reaction to reality. 2. When things aren’t going your way, try not having one. 3. Life is only borrowed, & one day you’ll have to give it back. 4. I don’t take Steps 10 & 11 to make me feel better, I take them to make…

CAL – Sexual Intimacy & the Alcoholic Relationship (Item # P-77)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Well surprise, surprise, this is not an instruction booklet on how to have sex with an alcoholic!  However, it does reassure me that I’m not the only one who has had difficulty in this area.  Intimacy, especially sexual intimacy, is a topic rarely brought up in Al-Anon meetings.  This must have…

MTG – Kissimmee – “Sólo Por Hoy”

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. When I have to make a decision & I’m unsure of my Higher Power’s will, I go with the decision that brings me the most peace. 2. In a Spanish meeting, the message still came through even when the translator wasn’t speaking! *A special thanks goes out to District 10’s Travel Support Team…