Karen B – Living the Traditions – 306

Karen shared her story in episode 262, Third Time is the Charm. Things have changed since then, and we start by catching up on recent events. Then we move into a discussion about how she (and I) use Traditions 1 and 2 in our lives. The traditions are:

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal progress for the greatest number depends upon unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants—they do not govern.

Our conversation is guided by these questions.

  • What does “common welfare” mean to you in your daily life?
  • How do you place it first?
  • How does unity enable and enhance your personal progress?
  • … the progress of others in your life?
  • Tradition two speaks of the authority of a higher power. What does this mean for you?
  • Do you use a “group conscience” in your living? How?
  • What does this mean for you in your family?
  • … at work?
  • … in other groups (friends, associations, church)?
  • In what ways might you consider yourself a “trusted servant”?
  • How does the concept of “trusted servant” change the way you relate to others? (in the family, at work, etc.)

Readings and Links

Karen read from Courage to Change, page 108 (April 17) and from How Al-Anon Works, page 108.

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Music from the show

Dizzy: Swim

lovelytheband: broken

Twisted Sister: We're Not Gonna Take It



1 comment on “Karen B – Living the Traditions – 306

  1. Chris S says:

    Karen B is awesome and she works very well with you, Spencer. Please ask her to do more podcasts with you. Some of your co-hosts are hard for me to follow – but Karen speaks clearly, hope-fully, and strongly. She listens to you and supports what you say. I wouldn’t mind hearing her every week.

    I didn’t expect to enjoy this episode (#306) on Traditions, but it was excellent. I am approaching my one-year anniversary in Al-Anon, and I can now look back at my experiences at some of the meetings I’ve attended and see that I would have benefited by knowing this information sooner. THANK YOU for this podcast.

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