MTG – Orlando – “College Park 12 Step”

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. I can’t work the Steps through sheer willpower, but I can through sheer willingness! 2. For a long time I thought I was a character defect. 3. It was good to hear the six P’s again: Perspective, Pain, Prayer, Patience, Process, & Payoff.  It’s been a while since I’ve heard them. 😊

MTG – Deland – “Deland AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED: Too bad Step 2 is not just a “yes” or “no” question.  The answer is a process… just like all the other Steps… & just like the entire Al-Anon program.

MTG – Orlando – “Together Tuesdays AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED: I can’t do Step 11 without doing Step 12 right after, & I can’t do Step 12 until I’ve done 1 thru 11.  Because those are the Steps where I build my strength, understand my experiences, & know hope is real.  …That is the message I carry.

CAL – Al-Anon’s 12 Steps & 12 Traditions – Original (Item # B-8)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. If you’re following along with each post chronologically, then you’ve come to this entry to find out what is different in this original (now discontinued) version from 1981 compared to the revised 2005 version.  If the program hasn’t changed, why did the book change & what am I missing that was…

CAL – Al-Anon’s 12 Steps & 12 Traditions – Revised (Item # B-8)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. I would consider this book the “lite” version of “Paths to Recovery” (item # B-24), but it still packs a punch.  Each section starts with a 2-4 page essay, followed by a “Thinking It Over” reflection, & lastly a personal story.  The average is 6 total pages per each Step (but of…

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…

CAL – When I Got Busy, I Got Better (Item # P-78)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. What are the benefits of service?  Let me count the ways…  Or you can just let this booklet count ’em for you!  It’s 60 pages filled with stories from members regarding Step 12 (the carrying the message Step).  Beginning with addressing different types of fears, it eventually culminates with covering each of the 12 Traditions…

MTG – Orlando – “TLC AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED: I think there ought to be a second part to Step 6 that says: “…and we were entirely ready to embrace all of our character assets!”

CAL – Services in Correctional Facilities (Item # G-14)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Inmates sharing a Fifth Step with an Al-Anon member is not considered “privileged,” however it is “protected communication” if done with a person of the clergy.  …It makes me think of all the privileges I take advantage of in the program. 2. Come to think of it, couldn’t the term “inmate” be relative?  I…

CAL – Living With Sobriety (Item # P-49)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. The subtitle of this booklet is “Another Beginning” not, as I had hoped, “My Happy Ending!”  At only 52 pages, it’s a quick read & covers topics such as: Accepting Changes, Courage, Resentments, Disappointments, Communication, & Happiness.  (I especially like that the topics of Love & Sex are under the Communication…

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 – Forum Favorites, Vol. 4 (Item # B-9D)

WHAT I LEARNED: To see the early beginnings of this multi-volume book, we have to go back to an AA event, specifically the International Convention in 1970 where it made its debut as a hardcover book: “Al-Anon’s Favorite Forum Editorials” (item # B-2).  (Side note: Al-Anon didn’t start having its own International Conventions until 15…