From the August 2013 magazine.

August 2013: Sobriety Calling

A member shares how he feels about texting and calls during meetings

I learned by going to meetings that the chairs in the last row were called the “half-measures” seats. I was always steered away from that row. Often the people who sit there arrive late or leave early or don’t really seem to care about what’s being read or shared. When I sit in the front row, it makes me pay attention to the speaker and not much else.

Once my home group met at a small church, and one of the church members started attending our meetings. We had gotten used to the phone in the kitchen sometimes ringing. After five or six rings, we knew the answering machine would pick up. But our church member was disturbed when this happened, and he’d go answer it. One night when it rang, he stood up and his sponsor told him to sit back down and pay attention to the group. He responded that the phone call might be important. “Not more important than this,” said his sponsor. After that meeting that guy became his ex-sponsor.

-- Anonymous

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