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The importance of giving everyone a chance to be heard.
Concept Five: "The rights of appeal and petition protect minorities and insure that they be heard."
When opinions are freely given, a divergent viewpoint can be examined and evaluated. It could possible stimulate a second look at an old issue. With new input, a more suitlable solution or approach to an old problem might be found.
A member said, "Even when I was new in the program and pretty much off the wall, nobody ever told me that I was wrong. They simply allowed me the space, the time, and the experience to find out for myself." This concept is the basis of a democratic way to solve problems. In my home and in the group, when one member thinks differently from the rest, the use of this concept makes it possible for that person's voice to be heard.
I see young parents in groups allowing family debate and discussion. Even the angry members of the family voice their opinions. When possile, the children get a vote in the family plans and decisions, but they always get a voice.
Everyone counts. Nobody is discounted. What a healthy way to grow.
by Anonymous
From The Forum, May 2007
Alcoholism is a family disease. Those of us who live with, or have have lived with, this disease as children or adults sometimes have problems which the Al-Anon program can help us to resolve. If you have answered yes to some of all of the above questions, Al-Anon may be of help to you. You can contact Al-Anon by checking your local telephone directory, or from the Resources page. Phone numbers and Contact Information for the Austin Area are listed on the Contact Page of this website.
These articles were reproduced with permission from 'The Forum', the monthly inspirational newsletter of Al-Anon. Al-Anon World Headquarters, Inc. is located in Virginia Beach, VA. See www.Al-Anon.org for more information.