If you’ve been to a few meetings, you’ve probably heard us say, “Take what you like and leave the rest.” Why do we say this? What does it mean to you?
One place this sentence appears is in the Suggested Al-Anon Closing, which starts,
In closing, I would like to say that the opinions expressed here were strictly those of the person who gave them. Take what you liked and leave the rest.
Spencer and Holly talk about “take what you like, and leave the rest”, guided (very) roughly by these discussion questions.
- Why do we say this?
- Why does it immediately follow a sentence about personal opinions?
- Do you remember when you first heard these words?
- What did it mean to you, then?
- What does it mean to you, now?
- How has your understanding of this changed?
Readings and Links
We read from Courage to Change, p. 117, April 26.
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