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Post Info TOPIC: Hope for Today, Monday, 6/27, the beauty of tradition 8


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Hope for Today, Monday, 6/27, the beauty of tradition 8


As we know the 8th tradition focuses on keeping alanon non-professional, keeping a spiritual focus, and keeping the program available to others.

However the writer also speaks about that the love shared between members cannot be bought, it's not a gift, nor a commodity.  We give it away freely with no expectation of compensation.  We are richly rewarded by then receiving even more love and recovery than we give away.

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If I was really hard-pressed to tell someone what alanon does for me, I think the above passage expresses it well.  I don't go to a meeting or MIP hoping I'm going to "get something." But I always feel better and/or inspired after the exchange of communicating with others who understand my situation, and I understand their's.  And over time, I can see how far I've come in healing and being better able to cope with life.  And I imagine with continued participation, I can continue to grow and become a better person.  At times I feel a little sad that I didn't get involved years ago, but I also feel, better late than never.  :)



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Good Morning Lyne. Thank you for your service and share. I look forward to attending meetings because I always find relief and learn new ways of creating joy as I grow and change. I no longer feel hopeless and helpless. I still have a lot to learn (and re-learn) . Thank you for adding to my spiritual growth.

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Thanks you both.
I think my favourite part of that tradition is the non-professional part. (And of course keeping it open to everyone, or else I wouldn't be here!) Knowing I'm not going to be hit with a big list of shoulds and musts; instead, al-anon mostly reminds me to quiet my mind and listen for my own HP's voice. I love that; it's what keeps me coming back. To me, all of the tips and tricks and slogans and steps lead me back to that wonderful place of listening instead of over-thinking.


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Thank you to Lyne for your service, reading and to you, Daffodils and YKM for all shared ESH.

I cannot add anything new to what you all have said!! MIP and Al-Anon have and continue to

give me the ability to find peace in the midst of chaos and provide a safe place to grow and learn.

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Good morning

I'm not really sure what to say but wanted to acknowledge today's reading, the shares and say thanks.

Have a good day



-- Edited by SunnyFrog on Monday 27th of June 2022 07:40:48 AM

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Thank you lyne for your service and everyone for the shares on Tradition 8. I have always liked this tradition and the purpose it's meant to serve. According to Al-Anon's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Tradition 8 is meant to keep our program universal and unified. 

It suggests that Al-Anon has grown and flourished because sharing within our meetings has remained a member to member practice of the Al-Anon recovery program. Tradition 8 reminds us of possible pitfalls to unity, spiritual and personal growth. Giving authority to outside doctrine or professional expertise whether our own or that of another - clergy, medicine, psychology, psychiatry etc. when sharing within the meeting place separates us as equals.

Al-Anon's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions states "Tradition 8 provides guidance to the members who happend to be professionals (counselor, clergy, physician, social workers). Their exchanges in meetings should be on a member-to-member basis with their own recovery as their primary concern. They do not attend Al-Anon meetings in their professional capacity or as experts in the field of alcoholism."

This part of Tradition 8 has been particularly important to me because where else can one find acceptance as we are based on who we are at our core rather than notoriety.  As a side note, I have also seen publicly known people at meeting places and felt a bit awestruck at times. I have tried not to be selfish and intentionally approach them because of who they are. Like myself, they are a member who is there for Al-Anon recovery perhaps with a desire to separate who they are and what they do outside the rooms of Al-Anon.

The second part of Tradition 8 addresses employment within Al-Anon and the need for "special workers." It explains that Al-Anon at one time was small. At such a time, record-keeping and housekeeping could be done by volunteers. We know that these things within each Al-Anon home group, meeting are still handled in this manner. However, Al-Anon has grown tremendously and is a far-reaching organization. Our World Service Office requires professionals, specially trained hires to take care of business affairs such as state and federal laws, clerical work, website, accounting, making sure our conference approved literature is produced and available to anyone who might have an interest in Al-Anon recovery.

Tradition 8 asks me to be mindful of professional anonymity within my meetings for the sake of harmony but also shows me the value of the expertise of paid professionals to Al-Anon as an expansive, worldwide organization.  I'm grateful for Tradition 8 and the many reminders of personal anonymity and that of others within the Al-Anon program. It's allowed me feel safe to continue practicing recovery. Very grateful to be able to continue to grow and learn alongside others affected by alcoholism by using the Al-Anon program, steps and traditions for life guidance and make progress odaat. 



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