MTG – Orlando – “Just For Today AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. “Al-Anon has shown me that my view of a situation is only the ‘truth’ as seen from my tiny corner of the universe.”– quote from “Courage to Change” (item # B-16), page 54 (Sept. 10th). 2. “Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens…

MTG – Maitland – “Saturday Night Serenity”

WHAT I LEARNED:  When I try to overcome procrastination, I think about the bookmark (item # M-12) that says “Just For Today… I will be unafraid.”  The bookmark isn’t called “Just For Tomorrow!”

MTG – Ocoee – “Monday Miracles”

WHAT I LEARNED: “Just for today I will adjust myself to what is, & not try to adjust everything to my own desires.  …Just for today I will be unafraid.  Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful & to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will…

Alateen Round-Up 2016

WHAT I LEARNED: “Today I’ll find something to laugh about & try to take life just a little less seriously.” – July 5th (page 187) from the daily reader: “Living Today in Alateen” (item # B-26).

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…

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…

CAL – Forum Favorites, Vol. 2 (Item # B-9B)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Since I’m reading the entire discontinued “Forum Favorites” series from most recent to oldest (see my previous entries for Volume 3 (item # B-9C) & Volume 4 (item # B-9D)), this Volume 2 (item # B-9B) came as a shock because it was immediately apparent that every story was in the…

MTG – Altamonte Springs – “Just For Today AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. As a child, I used to hear the prayer “Now I lay me down to sleep…“, but what if there was an opposite version that went like this?: “Now I to this new day awake, I pray the Lord my soul to make.” 2. In the past, it was crazy the amount of…

CAL – Alateen Talks Back on: Serenity (Item # P-69)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Ahhh, put on some soothing music & light a candle because today I read about Serenity (and yes, that’s with a capital “S”)!  At the end of this booklet are ten questions for meeting topics on Serenity & the last one, “Is Serenity contagious?” really made me think.  I know I’ve…

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…

CAL – 12 Steps & 12 Traditions for Alateen (Item # P-18)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. At 48 pages, this is the longest pamphlet in the CAL catalog because it’s filled with a little info about each Step & Tradition followed by several related questions & personal stories from Alateen members.  The reflections share quite a bit about when good Traditions go bad, so for someone like…

CAL – Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism (Item # B-1)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. To me, there’s something intriguing about reading discontinued books.  I feel like I’m uncovering something they no longer want me to know.  This is how I felt reading Al-Anon’s second book, “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism” (item # B-1) that I got from our District Archives chairperson.  The 1st edition originally came out…

CAL – Just For Today Alateen Wallet Card (Item # M-11)

WHAT I LEARNED: This wallet card came out 15 years after Alateen was started – when they hit the 1,000 groups milestone.  It’s similar to the “Just for Today” Alateen bookmark version (item # M-13), with the exception of one word at the end of the “Thank You God” prayer: Amen.  I rarely ever hear this…

CAL – Just for Today Wallet Card (Item # M-10)

WHAT I LEARNED: This wallet card has been around since 1954 & I thought, given its small size, it would have less on it than the bookmark version (item # M-12), but it actually has more.  It has 2 extra sentences – one about the Seventh Tradition & the second refers to the 10 other…