Meeting Topic Wed 12/20 8pm - GIFTS

With the understanding that addiction is a disease and the realization that we are powerless over it as well as over people's lives, we are ready to do something useful and constructive with our own.

Then, and only then can we be of any help to others.

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Meeting Topic Wed 12/20 8pm - GIFTS

Post by MATT'S MOM » Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:23 pm

Ok, we are in full holiday mode now. If you celebrate Christmas, ( and Boxing Day) is just about upon us. If you celebrate Winter Solstice, we are at that tonight, Hanukkah is just about over, and Kwanzzaa starts next week. It is a very busy time. Many of these celebrations include giving gifts to each other. Maybe a shared meal along with the gift or a party. A lot of fun, or a time of stress—depends on how you look at it I guess.

We give and receive gifts from loved ones. It shows we care about the person we are giving the gift too. Sometimes we give to strangers or those in need like the red kettles or the appeals from the soup kitchens/shelters.

Here at Nar-Anon, we give each other many gifts—each time we read things that are posted and respond to the posts, we are sharing Hope, Strength, and Experiences. When you volunteer to serve as a meeting leader, you give the gift of service to the group. When you read through the prayer list and offer a prayer, for someone on the list, you are giving a gift. When you serve as a sponsor you are giving a gift to your sponsoree. When you pm someone just to say " I am thinking of you! "– you are giving a gift. Picking up the phone and calling a fellow member can mean the world to a hurting member - what a great gift. Slogans are wonderful gifts too—they pick us up and help us to put things into perspective.

The opposite side of that is receiving the gift. – one for which I know I am truly thankful for. Often, when I am reading the posts on the forum, it seems as though someone has posted just what I needed to hear that day. WHAT A WONDERFUL GIFT! That call, that pm, just knowing that someone cares about me. WHAT A WONDERFUL GIFT!

The thought for Today for July 1 from SESH page 183 reads in part: “ I have been given the gift of today by my Higher Power. I have a choice to accept this gift and follow my HP’s will or to stay obsessed in the past and future and try to exert my will.” There are examples throughout our program which show us gifts that are given to us and it is up to us to receive and use them.

What gifts have you given or been given that have helped you on your journey?

Join me on Wednesday @8pm to talk about this or whatever is on your heart.

Please see below important access information and how the online meeting works.
Access information:
To access the meeting, you must be logged on to the Forum.

Click on the “Online Meeting" icon on the top left of page.

PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION SO THAT YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE MEETING GUIDELINES:
Once the meeting has opened, we only read from or talk about conference approved literature which can be found on the literature order form from WSO at nar-anon.org.

Anything you hear tonight is strictly our own opinion. The principles of Nar-Anon are found in our Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. If a member says something here that you cannot accept – remember he or she is speaking from their own experience, they are not speaking for Nar-Anon. When you leave our meeting, take home those thoughts that will be most helpful to you, forget those you feel will not be helpful, and keep coming back.

We ask that you speak only as a member of Nar-Anon.

Please read and become familiar with the 12 Steps, Traditions and Concepts and posted under Announcements in the Nar-Anon Family Forum. It is important to understand the principles of this program.

The following are some important guidelines that will help you get the most out of the meeting.

The meeting today will last between 1 hour and 1-1/2 hours.

If you need to leave the meeting early, please try to leave after an individual has completed their share to minimize interruption.

In Nar Anon meetings, we do not engage in CROSSTALK. Personal progress for the greatest number depends on unity, so we take turns sharing our own experience, strength and hope; we do not interrupt each other or engage in dialogue (either directly or through private messages); we do not put the spotlight on just one member; we do not give advice, offer solutions, or try to rescue one another. we do not offer our personal opinions, criticize or judge anyone.

What is CROSSTALK? It is talking across the group to or with a specific individual. For the purposes of our online meeting, crosstalk refers to interrupting an individual while they are sharing with any typed comment.

It also refers to private messaging between individuals. It is important that we allow everyone the opportunity to engage in the meeting without the distraction of private messages.

By patiently listening, we show respect for each other and our concern for the common welfare of the group. Loving interchange can occur outside the meeting time via one-on-one or group conversations, e-mail, telephone and sponsorship and staying after the meeting for open chat.

To participate and share in the online meeting we follow these guidelines for sharing:

To share, type “!” and wait to be recognized by the discussion leader.

In fairness to all who wish to share today, please keep your sharing to 3 – 5 minutes of typing. Once you are finished sharing, please type “done” so we are aware you have concluded your share.

To avoid any crosstalk, advice or feedback when an individual has completed their share and allow time for all who wish to share today, please limit your responses to a simple TYFS and a few brief kind words of recovery related support and encouragement.

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Re: Meeting Topic Wed 12/20 8pm - GIFTS

Post by MATT'S MOM » Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:46 am

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