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Scripting Strength

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About ten years ago, my home meeting was dealing with talkative, unruly, and sensitive newcomers. The meeting was beginning to feel unsafe. We regulars, being the people pleasers we are, considered just letting them talk without a time limit. Luckily, sanity ruled that out. We considered removing them from the meeting by having a special “newcomer time” in another space. That strategy had worked in other meetings, but we realized this time our motives were selfish, so Step Twelve eliminated that option. Then someone had an inspiration: she suggested we make an addition to the text of our meeting format.

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