The above photo is of my dinner last night: American lobster, clam chowder and a lot of soft-shell clams (steamers). It was quite a feast. And there was a lot of joviality during and after the meal.
It is still snowing this morning and the snow is accumulating. What a treat it was to wake up and look out the window to see snow coming down and the ground covered. I had breakfast looking out over the Eel pond where there are many snow covered sailboats and powerboats bobbing at their moorings. It was indeed a picture postcard scene.
This week I went to an open men's meeting. Before the meeting began, a young woman walked in. After she sat down, one of the members walked over and told her that it was a men's meeting. She then got up and went outside. No one among those regular members got up to talk with her. So I went outside and asked her whether she had a ride. She said that she would call her ride to come back and get her.
This seemed to be one of those situations where "How Important Is It?" would apply. Was it really necessary to oust someone who came for help from a meeting? What about the idea that limiting the message may also limit my own recovery? I think that in this case it would have been good to let this young woman stay. I like the idea of including those who need the message and not excluding them. Tradition Three seems to be the guide here in which the only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.
I would be interested to hear your viewpoint on this, both from the point of AA and Al-Anon.