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By Cheryl Steinberg

Whether you want to admit it or not, when you’re in a fellowship meeting, your mind wanders. Here are 14 thoughts you have in a meeting.

#1. “I don’t really feel like being here. Why did I come?”

You’ve been at work all day or else it’s a Saturday morning meeting and you. Just. Want. To. Sleep. In.

#2. “I could be watching Netflix right now”

Binge watching your favorite shows is always an option.

#3. “Omg, my ex is here.”

You thought they stopped going to this meeting. Why are they here? Just to ruin your experience probably.

#4. “What are they wearing?!”

For some, meetings have become a veritable fashion show. I don’t think that’s what they’re meant for.

#5. “Ugh, reading the literature takes so long.”

It’s like, we’ve heard this all before. I know, I know…traditions.

#6. “Why is it that people who can’t read always want to read?”

It’s like being back in elementary school, having to listen to someone stumble though the reading. Most likely, it’s a case of stage fright. Go easy on ‘em.

#7. “Yes! A speaker meeting.”

Or maybe you prefer a literature meeting. But, inevitably, you’ll run into thoughts like #6 above.

#8. “Omg, they’re telling my story!”

This is always a good feeling. Many would say, it’s a “God moment” for them.

#9. “I’m so bored right now.”

It happens. Doesn’t mean that you’re a bad person.

#10. “Did anyone see me fall asleep?”

It happens to the best of us. It’s been a long day at work, or perhaps it’s an early morning meeting (early for a Saturday, that is) and you start nodding off. Not nodding out.

#11. “No double-dipping, bro.”

It’s an unspoken rule – and in some meetings, it is said – that you don’t get to share twice. Stop being selfish.

#12. “I love when So-and-so shares, they always have such good stuff to say.”

You know, they present the problem but always talk more about the solution rather than complaining.

#13. “Two minutes left to share…of course Such-and-such wants to share. They always talk forever.”

The time for sharing has ended but, there they are, rambling on, as per usual.

#14. “I’m really glad I came even though I didn’t feel like it at first.”

Most people say they always hear something in a meeting that they needed to hear at that point in their life so, keep coming back.

If you’ve ever been to a 12 step meeting, then you probably can identify with at least some of these. Maybe meetings aren’t your jam. Maybe you’re just coming back and looking for help with building a program of recovery. There are many different ways to recover and everyone is on their own journey. At Palm Partners, we offer different healing and recovery techniques and tools to help you get better and get back to living the life you deserve. Please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135 today.

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