Episode 3 of my “CAL Chat” podcast is now available to listen to! Once again, I had such a great conversation – this time with my guest, Cindy, about how the Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017 (item # P-24/27) has improved her life, that I didn’t want to edit anything out so I had to break it up into 4 parts. To hear it, please visit the show’s webpage at: www.calchat.libsyn.com (or you can subscribe to it for free on iTunes & Google Play Music as well & you’ll be notified every time a new episode is posted).
In part 1 of 4, we discuss the spiritual principle of anonymity (from pages 91-94), how the manual is not a rule book, that it’s always evolving (much like our own recovery), & what it has in common with a Sponsor.
In part 2 of 4, we explore pages 68-69 about moving forward, what progress realistically looks like, & how disagreement can actually be a good thing! Pages 229 & 235 are also highlighted from the Concepts Amendments section & how it reminded me of a ring being passed down in a family. Cindy shares about how this fellowship is an opportunity to belong to something bigger than ourselves & where newcomers & long timers can meet together on pages 26-27.
Part 3 of 4 moves into discussion about how childhood experiences can influence how we see perfection, the Warranties (especially nonresistance from page 224), & punitive actions. She also relates how Concepts 6 & 7 (from pages 193-194) have applied to her relationship with her children.
Outreach literature is the focus of part 4 of 4 where Cindy describes how she has creatively used the daily reader Courage To Change (item # B-16, B-17 for large print, eB-16 for the electronic version, & eA-16 for the audiobook version). We eventually move into talking about Alateen literature & how those pieces can flow into Al-Anon & vice-versa because it’s all one program. Everything is available to be read by anybody! Lastly, listen to find out what page is possibly read the least in each daily reader!
Hope you enjoy listening & happy reading!! 😉