Old timers selfishly gobble up time at meetings when it is the newcomer who needs to be encouraged to share. Ironically the old timers talk about how important it is to “give it away” and be there for the new members of the fellowship and then keep it to themselves.

I would run the meetings differently. I would ask who had less than a years sobriety and ask them if they wanted to share, that they didn’t have to, but I would call on them first.

(Miraculously on Thursday I will be sober 30 days in a row. I am still an alcoholic and crawling in ignorance and intolerance!)