Take What You Like and Leave the Rest — 393

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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Queen – Keep Yourself Alive
The Beatles – Blackbird
Alanis Morissette – Guardian

2 comments on “Take What You Like and Leave the Rest — 393

  1. Betsy ulmer says:

    Oh my gosh, I just discovered your show. I have been in Al-Anon for 20 years and never heard of it. Great podcast. I will share.

  2. Susan A.S. says:

    I am new to Al Anon – absolutely new to this podcast. This is really a wonderful session. Thank you so much.

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