From the January 2018 magazine.

Any lengths?

A sponsee in Florida shares valuable lessons he’s learned from his sponsor—including how to survive in a hurricane

My sponsor asked me once, “Russ, do you sit in meetings thinking about what you’re going to share? Because if you do, then you’re really not present in the meeting, at least not until after you’ve shared.”

He was teaching me how to listen. He also explained that meetings are in part about being open to God’s message and serving others, not about sounding best or fixing others. He also told me that when listening in a meeting, if my thoughts turn from identifying with others to judging what others are saying, from looking where they are right to looking for where they are wrong, then I need to step back and look at myself, for something is going on with me.

-- Russ K.

Tampa, Florida, USA

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