When I attended NA meetings with my daughter, the speaker always ended by saying, “Thanks for letting me share.”
I loved this, and was disappointed when I returned home and started attending Al-Anon meetings. Here, the tradition is simply to “pass.” It just didn’t have the same feeling.
For a while, I concluded my shares with, “Thanks for letting me share” anyway. Sometimes I still do.
Back then, I meant, “Thanks for letting me get this off my chest.”
Today, I mean, “Thanks for letting me share your lives, thoughts and feelings. Thanks for letting me share your wisdom, courage and love. Most especially, thanks for letting me share in this amazing fellowship that I have come to love and that may have saved my life.”
Thanks for letting me share.
5 On Friday Set # 397
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