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In this month’s Chit Chat I have decided to concentrate on the topics of Growth, and Love...

Paul W.

Hi!!! My name is Paul W., and I’m the editor of the "Chit Chat". If you would like to contribute material, support, help, or suggestions:

Food for Thought:

Surrender is not something we can do in our heads. It is something we experience...

Melody Beattie


All ACA members are reminded that you are welcome to attend any ACA Intergroup meeting. Intergroup meetings are held on the third (3rd) Monday of the month at 5:30 PM in room 202 at St. Paul’s University.

More Food for Thought:

Open ourselves to the love that is available to us. It may come from the most surprising places

Melody Beattie


The following positions are available on the NCR ACA Intergroup:

If you are interested in any of the above positions, please inform your GSR so that your name can be submitted. If you are unsure who your meeting’s GSR is, just simply call the ACA telephone number (230-9071) and listen for the Name and telephone number.

The election of Officers for Intergroup (1999/2000) will take place during the November meeting (1999-11-15).

Growth ...

Just as when we were children and grew out of favorite toys and clothes, we sometimes grow out of things as adults... people, jobs, and homes. This can be confusing. We may wonder why someone or something that is so special and important to us last year doesn't fit the same way in our life today. We may wonder why our feelings have changed.

When we were children, we may have tried to fit into an outgrown article of clothing on to your body. Now, as adults, we may go through a time of trying to force-fit attitudes that we have outgrown. We may need to do this to give ourselves time to realize the truth. What worked last year, what was so important and special to us in the times past, doesn’t work anymore because we’ve changed. We’ve grown.

We can accept this as a valid and important part of recovery. We can let ourselves go through experimentation and grief as we struggle to make something fit, trying to figure out if indeed it no longer fits, and why. We can explore our feelings and thoughts around what has happened.

Then, we can put last year’s toys away and make room for the new.

Today, I will let last year’s toys be what they were: last year’s toys. I will remember them with fondness for the part they played in my life. Then, I will put them away and make room for the new.

Melody Beattie from "The Language of Letting Go"

Still More Food for Thought:

Let peace come first. Then proceed.....
Melody Beattie


Love is friendship caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.

Love is content with the present, hopes for the future and does not brood over the past.

Love is a day-in and day-out chronicle of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories and working toward common goals.

If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you may lack. If you do not have love, no matter what else there is, it is not enough.

Love will never come to an end, for it is given and sustained by God.

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