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An AA looks at the issue of feedback and crosstalk in meetings
Back in the early 1990s, the prefatory script at our meetings in St. Paul was revised to disallow uninvited feedback and crosstalk. If we wanted feedback, we were to request it, but we were not to ask if someone else wanted feedback.
I regarded this restriction as unacceptable. I viewed this as an infringement on my right to ambush other people in meetings for saying things that conflicted with my beliefs. I thought I should be free to interrupt and challenge people's opinions and thereby force their thinking to conform with the party line, as I understood it. I was like the thought...
-- Charles J.
Home Group at Rio Rancho
For years, he jumped from meeting to meeting until he learned the value of a place called home
Now that's he sober, he's counting the days of his life, not the days until his death
Thoughts on the Traditions
An AA wonders if we are welcoming enough to newcomers
Later in Life
She thought she was different from others, but came to see that she was just a garden variety alcoholic