Slogans part 1 – Episode 131

changingMaybe you’ve heard some of these slogans. “Easy does it.” … “How important is it?” … “Think” … “Let go and Let God.”

Spencer and Eric talk about some slogans, guided by these questions.

  • What did you think about these slogans when you first came to the program?
  • Was there a particular slogan that you first “picked up”? How did it help you?
  • What slogans are you using at this point in your recovery / life?
  • Easy does it.
    • How have you used this slogan?
    • What does it say to you?
  • How important is it?
    • What does this slogan remind you to do, or not to do?
    • How has it helped your recovery?
    • How does it help you to live with others?
  • Think
    • From How Al-Anon Works: “One of the effects of alcoholism is that most of us tend to react to everything we encounter, often perceiving minor incidents as major crises.”
    • How does “Think” remind me to pause instead of reacting?
    • How have I used this recently?
    • In the Step 10 discussion in Paths to Recovery there is an interpretation of THINK as an acronym, giving us questions to ask before opening our mouth: Is it Thoughtful, Honest, Intelligent, Necessary, and Kind?
  • How do you view the slogans now?

Upcoming topics include Living with Lies, Concepts 11 and 12, and the 4 L's: Listen, Learn, Let Go, and Love. Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.
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Getting Started in Al-Anon – Episode 49

Are you new to Al-Anon? Do you wonder what to expect? What you should do immediately? What are the challenges we face early on? Does Al-Anon have its own “culture”? Then you’ve come to the right place, because today, we’re going to talk about getting started in Al-Anon.

Spencer and guest host Wendy talk about our early experiences in Al-Anon, reflecting on what you might expect as you come to your first few meetings. We used this outline to guide our discussion.

  • What should I expect when I come to my first meeting?
    • Greeting?
    • Literature?
    • Meeting format?
  • What should I do “immediately”?
    • Go to meetings!
    • Buy and read literature!
    • Talk in the meeting?
    • Get a phone list?
    • Get a sponsor?
    • Start working the steps?
  • What are some early challenges?
    • The jargon?
    • Talking?
    • Listening?
    • Feeling safe?
    • Crying?
    • “God” talk?
  • Is there an Al-Anon culture? What is it?
    • Language/jargon?
    • Slogans?
    • How we interact with each other?

Our topic for next week is Step 11, “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out”. Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

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just for today – a meditation



“Just for Today” — Al-Anon slogan

A recent meeting focused on the slogan, “Just for Today.” As is often the case, I heard something new in the lead and the shares that followed. I have always mixed up “Just for Today” and “One Day at a Time”, feeling that they said pretty much the same thing, just in different words. But, as I listened, I found a new meaning to “Just for Today”. The lead speaker read some “Just for Today …” quotes. One said “Just for Today I will try a new way of doing things.” And, right there, I heard something different from “One Day at a Time.” I heard that if I want to make a change in my life, I don't necessarily have to commit to do it forever. I can try it out, for one day, one hour, one week, and see if it fits me, if it improves my situation, my attitude, my mood, my connection to others and my Higher Power. Sometimes committing to change can be daunting, can seem like a huge job. If I can do it “Just for Today”, then it is easier to get started, and easier to continue (one day at a time).

A meditation for August 22, 2013.

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