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Staying Quiet, Speaking Up

An AA tries to determine how to resolve issues within meetings

After nearly 30 years of sobriety you'd think I would have learned: When someone says something in a meeting that makes me feel a compelling need to jump in, the very best thing I can do is to keep my lips pressed tightly together.

I forgot that in my home group meeting today and now I get to work Step 10 followed by Steps 1-12. I also validated that part of the Big Book that says there are some character defects from which we will never be free.

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