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Learning to Listen
A member reflects on how cross talk goes against the Steps and Traditions
I've come to appreciate the structure of an AA meeting as perhaps being the most important aspect of the meeting. I love the respect people show in listening to the readings. When I was new, it was this total attention that led me to give my own to them.
It didn't seem to matter how many times I had heard 'How it Works'; 'The Twelve Traditions'; 'The Promises'; '24 Hours A Day'; 'Daily Reflections'—they were always read and listened to with this reverent attention. And because of that they seemed new each time. They still do.
In a no-crosstalk meeting, this respect is...
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