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08 August 2017

posted Aug 14, 2017, 1:49 AM by Web Master2   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 6:07 PM ]

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CAL Corner: “Opening our hearts, Transforming our Losses” (B-29) speaks about ALL losses…not just physical…but financial….as well as loss of our Dreams…The book also makes references to other pieces of our CAL.  A wonderful addition to anyone’s recovery library.

SHARE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN HELPED BY CAL! In what ways has “One Day at a Time in Al-Anon” (B-6) , “Reaching For Personal Freedom” (P-92), or “Paths to Recovery” (P-93) helped you in your recovery? PLEASE SHARE!! By sending comments to: wso@al-anon.org with CAL Corner in the subject line…deadline is September 15th 2017.

STEP 8: Seeing my Patterns  C L E A R L Y….  Made a list of all persons we have harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all”

Pamela D from Washington shares how she noticed as she worked through Step 8 that she had an over- inflated sense of power. “As I worked through the list, patterns emerged” she shares. She realized that Step 8 is not about punishing herself or apologies, but more about honestly assessing real harm, opposed to “imagined harm.”


TRADITION 8: Finding my True Identity. Every group ought to be fully self –supporting, declining outside contributions.

Lisa R. from Wisconsin shares how tradition 8 gets rid of “labels and expectations.” This tradition gives her the freedom to be just Lisa, the Al-Anon member, instead of “Lisa the Computer tech.” This tradition allowed her to focus on herself and get better.

CONCEPT 8: Letting Go and Trusting Others. Concept 8 is about allowing others to do their part so we will not become resentful. This member, Christine W. from Illinois shares how she relates this to her family.  This gives others the dignity and responsibility of being part of a functioning group. She shares “I delegate and allow them the freedom to get the job done their way.”


ZIP 23454  


Focusing on MY OWN LIFE

Paul from Oregon shares how he notices how much more tolerant he has become of others. He used to think he knew what was best for others and thought he could control their behavior. He now realizes that the only thing he can control is HIMSELF.


Stephanie W. from Ontario shares on WHO AM I? She learned in Al-Anon to ask “What do I want? What do I feel? Who am I?” Al-Anon gave her permission to put herself first!


Al-Anon Saved my Life! Carolyn C. From Florida shares how it only took 3 months in Al-Anon to make the self-loving decision to leave the abusive relationship she was in.


NO one told me what I had to do! Mary Jane from NY says that is why she kept coming back!  There are no “musts” in Al-anon just guidance and others sharing their experience, strength and hope!!







06 June 2017

posted Jun 4, 2017, 4:12 AM by Web Master2   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 6:09 PM ]

Hello!  Enjoy these highlights from the Forum! Please consider ordering yourself a personal copy for only $11 for 12 months!  If your meeting does not have one, order one for them as well!  The best value evah!

 

FORUM HIGHLIGHTS:

CAL Corner: “A Guide for the Family of the Alcoholic” (P-7) is this month’s focus piece of CAL….It is the 55th Anniversary of this pamphlet!  This piece of literature gives us “dos” and “don’ts” as suggestions of course!  Great as a topic for a newcomers meeting or just as a refresher!! It was written by Reverend Kellerman, Director of the Charlotte Council on Alcoholism. He also wrote “Alcoholism, A Merry-Go-Round called Denial (p-3).

                       

SHARE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN HELPED BY CAL! In what ways has Hope for Today (B-27), The Dilemma of an Alcoholic Marriage (B-4) or Opening Our Hearts, Transforming Our Losses (B-29) helped you?  Send your thoughts via e-mail to

wso@al-anon.org with CAL Corner in the subject line…deadline is July 15th 2017.

STEP 6:  Al-Anon is my repair shop:  “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”

This member likens their character defects to a flat tire or a cracked window.  Al-anon has the “tools” to repair these defects…A new window helps us see more clearly and inflated tires make for a smooth ride!

TRADITION 6: Safeguard this special place: This member from Virginia talks about the importance of not letting us get “derailed” by outside issues. She speaks that she needs ONLY to identify that she has been affected by the disease of alcoholism….nothing else!

CONCEPT 6: This Takes Major Letting Go:

 Concept 6 is about accountability and how that affects relationships. This member talks of the struggle she sometimes feels as a parent and grandparent with who, when and how each member of her family has their own areas of responsibilities. Al-Anon has taught her to offer her experience, strength and hope ONLY WHEN ASKED. “I put my family in the loving hands of my higher power” she shares.

 

ZIP 23454

It takes COURAGE

We hear this word throughout our literature, and it is mentioned twice in the Serenity Prayer. Courage is part of every one of the 12 steps!

 

LOVING the person NOT the disease! Paula from Florida shares that Al-Anon taught her about the “isms” of the disease. How she has learned to separate the person from the disease. Working the steps showed her she also had many of these “isms”.



05 May 2017

posted May 21, 2017, 3:56 AM by Web Master2

Hello!  Enjoy these highlights from the Forum! Please consider ordering yourself a personal copy for only $11 for 12 months!  If your meeting does not have one, order one for them as well!  The best value evah!

 

May 2017

FORUM HIGHLIGHTS:

CAL Corner: “From Survival to Recovery” (B-21) is this month’s focus piece of CAL.

                        This book is written solely from the perspective of members who grew up with alcoholism. It speaks of all the coping mechanisms we pick up in a dysfunctional family. On page 141 it offers us 20 questions that help us decide if we are ready to dig deeper into our recovery work. Recovery is an ongoing process and these questions provoke and challenge us in a way which is necessary for continued growth.  Get your copy today and learn how to go from “surviving” to living your wonderful and precious life in the best way possible!!  As article says…”from surviving to thriving”!

SHARE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN HELPED BY CAL! In what ways has Hope for Today (B-27), The Dilemma of an Alcoholic Marriage (B-4) or Opening Our Hearts, Transforming Our Losses (B-29) helped you?  Send your thoughts via e-mail to

wso@al-anon.org with CAL Corner in the subject line…deadline is June 15th 2017.

 

STEP 5:  Growing in Trust with my Sponsor: 

This member from Wisconsin shares how her sponsor helped her realize that other liabilities could become positive traits as well.

 

TRADITION 5: Finding Compassion: This member from Arizona shares how her acceptance that Alcoholism was a disease freed her from judgement and criticism of the alcoholic’s behavior.         

 

CONCEPT 5: Starting to Trust the Process:  This anonymous member shared how shocked she was the first time her group “voted down” one of her proposals. She shared that she had been in Al-Anon long enough to know that she had the right to be heard, but that did not mean she had the right to decide things for the group.

Seeing My Spiritual Potential

A member from Newfoundland shares that there is now “A garden of hope growing inside her”. She always knew there was a God.  She now has a more personal relationship with that loving God who is always there to guide her.

“Al-Anon’s spiritual seeds are being planted in her heart, mind and soul”.

 

Remembering How Far I Have Come:

This member from Manitoba shares at a recent Step 1 meeting how she was flooded with gratitude as she listened and remembered how chaotic and frustrating her life was before Al-Anon.

 

The Wisdom of Doing Nothing:

“Don’t just do something! Sit there!” What great advice! The gift of time can bring us the answers!

 

One Quote at a Time

“Serenity is a spiritual journey without a destination” Elizabeth S., FL

“I eventually opened my mind to realize that Al-Anon moves mountains-inside people’s heads” Geoff O., MS

“Detachment is a bridge, not a wall” Vera M., NY

 

ZIP 23454 – Finding my way

“I never saw things that were right in front of me….I was blinded by the disease of alcoholism.” Al- Anon helped this member see the path ahead.  It gave her a compass that helped her through the fog.

 

Service seems Large, but My HP is in Charge!

This member shares as far as Service was concerned she was “sit-in-the-back Sally.” Justifying her non-involvement because she had a job, kids, etc. She first committed at one time Al-Anon events.  Then became more involved volunteering to be a treasurer. Over time she took on more roles…And after feeling a strong urge from her Higher Power, took on a 3 year commitment at an Area level! She realized that members were there for her every step of the way to help her.

04 April 2017

posted Apr 11, 2017, 3:09 AM by Web Master2

Hello!  Enjoy these highlights from the Forum! Please consider ordering yourself a personal copy for only $11 for 12 months!  If your meeting does not have one, order one for them as well!  The best value evah!

 

April 2017

FORUM HIGHLIGHTS:

CAL Corner: Reaching for Personal Freedom workbook (p-92)

                        A ‘fresh” look at Step work.  Reaching for Personal Freedom                      

                        helped this member deal with fears and obstacles that were

                        standing in her way of completing step 4! Another member shared

                        how much the word “freedom” means to her as a result of the work

                         done with her sponsor in this workbook!

 

STEP 4:  Seeing that I do matter:  This member from California shares about

                How she finally realizes that she was worth the work required in the

                4th step after taking care of everyone else her whole life.

 

TRADITION 4: Honoring what’s best for me-and for others: This member, also

                          from California, shares that as individuals we can also make

                           choices that seem right for us,  but that our own personal choices

                           should not cause harm to our friends or our family.

 

CONCEPT 4: Relationships are equal endeavors:  Participation is the key to

                       Harmony!  This member shares…. “If I am the only one showing up

                        for the relationship, then it is not a relationship.” They share that

                        they are now learning to “show up” for themselves and how to

                        choose people who are available emotionally.

 

Better Communication started with me-

A member shares how it took until he was in his 40’s , and a “nudge” from his Alcoholic stepson, to finally realize how much growing up in an alcoholic home affected how he communicated! He uses the 1st Tradition to keep harmony in the home!

 

Changing a negative attitude with GRATITUDE!

This member from Quebec shares that it was in reading from “As we understood…” (B-11) when she realized Gratitude changes our attitude! Her lifelong anger and resentment towards her mother began to fade away as she came to the realization that her mother was sick, not guilty.

 

My Closet, Myself

This member from Florida shares how she related the clutter in her closet to the “clutter” in her mind.  She tells how, with the help of Al-Anon, she was able to “clear the clutter” item by item both in her closet and her mind! Sometimes both get a little messy still but she applies the tools of the program and keeps her side clean!

 

One Quote at a Time

“As we share, little by little we heal” –Kelly from LA

“Tools left in the shed are useless” –Mike OH

“When I go to bed I give my troubles to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway!” –Lynda SK

 

ZIP 23454 – The Traditions help my parenting

“Traditions give us a set of principles that can be used in any group situation, including our families” writes a member from Florida. She is reminded to step out of her ego and consider her family’s common welfare.

  

 

MY SPONSOR, MY RECOVERY:

Making a decision to TRUST. Trust enough to ASK someone, whose recovery you admire, to be your sponsor.  And then TRUST enough to follow their suggestions and letting them guide you through the steps. Life changing!

ONE QUOTE AT A TIME:  “Worrying is like shoveling smoke.” –Jane K. Ohio

 

Things to think about Step 3:

·        How did I decide to let the God of my understanding help me with my problems?

·        How did it feel to “Let go and let God?”

·        What does a Higher Power represent to me?

·        What happened when I “made a decision?”

RECOGNIZING ABUNDANCE IN MY LIFE!

We are ENOUGH, we have ENOUGH. Our higher power always provides for us! Abundance in spirituality, gratitude friendship & love!

PRACTICING ACCEPTANCE without JUDGEMENT- from How Al-anon works… “Only with great difficulty does a shaft of light pierce the armor of self-righteousness.”   When others accept and love us WITHOUT judgement, it then makes it possible for us to do the same.

WHY I KEEP COMING: A member reflects back on her years in Al-anon.  How it helped get her through so much in all her relationships, and she quotes from  As We Understood- “I thank God for giving me Al-Anon & I thank Al-Anon for giving me God!” Keep coming back!

 

WHEN WE GET BUSY, WE GET BETTER:

Offering a variety of rotating Group service opportunities helps fulfill the spirit of Concept 4- “Participation is the key to harmony” Here are some for your groups to think about:

·        Greeter, Hospitality person, phone list/contact person, member designated to share with newcomers, person to open up and set up the room, literature chairperson, public outreach person and secretary.

03 March 2017

posted Mar 25, 2017, 4:30 AM by Web Master2

FORUM HIGHLIGHTS:

CAL Corner: How has AL helped you? Please write and let world service know how any of these pieces of literature had aided your recovery!!

Opening our Hearts, Transforming our losses

Alateen’s share with Adults in their lives

Hope for Today

The Dilemma of the Alcoholic Marriage

Send your sharings by 4/15/17  to

The Forum, 1600 Land Pkwy, VA Beach, VA  23454-5617 att: CAL corner

E-mail to  wso@al-anon.org or submit online to www.al-anon.org/members


STEP 3: In this sharing a member tells of the need to re-examine the 3rd step.  Sharing that God really does care and is accessible to all of us always.  God’s love & care is shown to us through others.

TRADITION 3: We all share the same story. This excerpt spoke about our tendency to compare v. identifying with other members.  That once we are past outward differences, we realize that we all share the same fears, hopes, joys and struggles.  God just wraps us up differently.

CONCEPT 3: Doing my part, while being able to trust others to do theirs.

This sharing spoke about how sometimes we may take on too much leadership within Al Anon service positions.  We need to allow others to shine in service opportunities.

MY SPONSOR, MY RECOVERY:

Making a decision to TRUST. Trust enough to ASK someone, whose recovery you admire, to be your sponsor.  And then TRUST enough to follow their suggestions and letting them guide you through the steps. Life changing!

ONE QUOTE AT A TIME: “Worrying is like shoveling smoke.” –Jane K. Ohio


Things to think about Step 3:

  • How did I decide to let the God of my understanding help me with my problems?

  • How did it feel to “Let go and let God?”

  • What does a Higher Power represent to me?

  • What happened when I “made a decision?”

RECOGNIZING ABUNDANCE IN MY LIFE!

We are ENOUGH, we have ENOUGH. Our higher power always provides for us! Abundance in spirituality, gratitude friendship & love!

PRACTICING ACCEPTANCE without JUDGEMENT- from How Al-anon works… “Only with great difficulty does a shaft of light pierce the armor of self-righteousness.”   When others accept and love us WITHOUT judgement, it then makes it possible for us to do the same.

WHY I KEEP COMING: A member reflects back on her years in Al-anon.  How it helped get her through so much in all her relationships, and she quotes from  As We Understood- “I thank God for giving me Al-Anon & I thank Al-Anon for giving me God!” Keep coming back!


WHEN WE GET BUSY, WE GET BETTER:

Offering a variety of rotating Group service opportunities helps fulfill the spirit of Concept 4- “Participation is the key to harmony” Here are some for your groups to think about:

  • Greeter, Hospitality person, phone list/contact person, member designated to share with newcomers, person to open up and set up the room, literature chairperson, public outreach person and secretary.

12 December 2016

posted Jan 6, 2017, 3:02 AM by Web Master2

Highlights:

Page 9: After doing Steps 4, 5, and 6, I realized that the person I had harmed the most was myself: never allowing myself to make mistakes; continuing to beat myself up for past mistakes; and never doing anything nice for myself. To make amends, I needed to learn to love myself: If I made a mistake, I asked how I would treat a peer in that situation; I started doing nice things for myself. Today I have my life back and serenity.

Page 22: One Quote at a time: “As years go by, I see more to be grateful for, and God rewards me with more for which to be grateful”. “Someone else’s drinking brought me to the meetings, but day-to-day living keeps me coming back”.

Page 26: You can’t attract abundance without first giving. You have to give it away to keep it. The desire to give service to others is the outward expression of an inward path.  

 

Meeting Suggestions:

Page 16: The Service Manual is a compilation of spiritual principles that guide our fellowship. The “World Service Conference Charter” interprets the principles through which Al-Anon operates with prudence, equality, and unanimity, in a non-governing, non-punitive, and non-controversial manner. Current revisions are updated on-line.

               

Features:

Page 10: Lisa dreaded the holiday season and avoided what she feared. Her sponsor told her to let go of her ego. So she Prayed humbly asking God to help her face her fears; Prepared emotionally by sharing her fears with her group, sponsor, and husband; and Practiced for the evening with her husband. By placing “Principles above Personalities” she was able to focus on Gratitude and to help her family come together in peace.

 

Departments:

Page 18-20: CAL Corner: Reaching for Personal Freedom: The 1st page talks about living the Legacies throughout our lives. It introduces the idea of using the Legacies horizontally rather than vertically.

Pages 28: Step 10: An individual feels her HP planting the seeds of service in her heart and mind, and, as a result, helps to start a new meeting in an area that had none.   

Pages 30: Tradition 12: Honesty Inventory: Have I told people what they wanted to hear; Said “Yes” when I want to say “No”; Kept silent so others won’t get mad at me; Not spoken because I might hurt feelings; Not allowed others to learn from their mistakes. As we practice the Spiritual truth of Trad 12, we become true to ourselves and to others.   

Pages 32: Concept 12: Discusses our options in responding to situations where the Traditions are not being honored: Speak up; Wait and talk to the person later; Chair a meeting on the Tradition; Look for another meeting. 

11 November 2016

posted Dec 5, 2016, 3:14 AM by Web Master2

Highlights:

Page 4, 15, 27: 3 “cordial invitations” for members to share their ESH and what CAL has meant to them. CAL is what we make it because it is nothing more, or less, than the generous and courageous sharing of members. Without that, there is no CAL.

Page 16-21: 1st of new 12-part series by members of the Board of Trustees about who they are and what inspired them to this service, so we come to know them as members. 1st story discusses how service helped her to cultivate: Patience, Humility, Acceptance, Trust, Unconditional Love, Kindness and Courtesy.  The 2nd discusses the International Al-Anon General Services Meeting where 38 countries meet to learn from each other.

Page 22: One Quote at a time: “Serenity is not freedom from the storm, rather a safe passage through it”. “The Space between the time of my birth and the time of my death is considered a learning experience”.

 

Meeting Suggestions:

Page 10: One of several Alateen articles. This one talks about the how being an Alateen Sponsor taught this man to better listen to, and respect, teenagers, recognizing their ability to see and share the truth. He learned that his job was planting seeds of Hope.

               

Features:

Page 8: I can love my daughter without trying to manage her life: A powerful story about a mother obsessed with daughter’s alcoholism. A lifelong “problem solver”, she finally realizes through prayer that she needs to absolutely surrender her child’s life to a Higher Power. She comes to understand that it is okay to ask for help and to be helpless sometimes. The enormous relief that results, allows her to find acceptance and peace.

 

Departments:

Page 24-6: CAL Corner: What do YOU do about the Alcoholic’s Drinking?: On its 50th Anniversary, we are reminded of this great pamphlet that provides a nearly complete inventory  of our tendency to Enable, whether we’re a newcomer or a longtime member.

Pages 28: Step Ten: Discusses that we do not need to make amends for being human and making mistakes. Amends are indicated when we harm others or act in a way that is not “congruent” with our values.  

Pages 30: Tradition Ten: Reminds us that one person doesn’t speak for the group. It is okay to disagree within groups and important to cultivate an environment where everyone is accept regardless of their personal opinions.

Pages 32: Concept Ten: The Principles of this Concept helped a member to see how  “suggestions”, “advice”, and “help” had  harmed the unity of their family, as loved ones were deprived of opportunities for gaining self-confidence and self-respect.  

10 October 2017

posted Nov 13, 2016, 12:05 PM by Web Master2   [ updated Oct 11, 2017, 2:57 AM ]

Hello! Enjoy these highlights from the Forum! Please consider ordering yourself a personal copy for only $11 for 12 months! If your meeting does not have one, order one for them as well! If you are not able to pay for a subscription….Please message me and we will be giving several free subscriptions away this year!!


So many of us have been helped by a piece of Conference Approved Literature!

If we cannot get to a meeting….If we are in a crisis…To look up help on a certain subject…

SHARE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN HELPED BY CAL! In what ways has “One Day at a Time in Al-Anon” (B-6) , “Many Voices, One Journey” (B-31), or “Paths to Recovery” workbook (P-93) helped you in your recovery? PLEASE SHARE!! By sending comments to: wso@al-anon.org with CAL Corner in the subject line…deadline is October 15 th 2017.

We don’t always have to be right! A member from Wisconsin shares wonderfully on this topic.

We are not ALONE Melissa from CT shares that she finally understands what this phrase means,

TIMING Lynn from MA shares in her story how “God’s clock keeps perfect time”

SPONSORSHIP Pat from New Jersey shares how when she found a SPONSOR…how it made such a difference in her program. When we share our experience, strength and hope with those who ask….we too are so enriched!

Alateen celebrates 60 years!! Consider being an Alateen sponsor, ordering some Alateen literature for your Al-Anon meetings or dropping some Alateen literature off at your local JR and SR High school!

STEP 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. Janine from Ohio shares how working Step 10 has improved her relationships. TRADITION 10: The Al-Anon Family Groups have no opinion on outside issues; hence our name ought never be drawn into public controversy. Pam from FL shares how she used Tradition 10 to improve her relationship with her husband.

CONCEPT 10: Service responsibility is balanced by carefully defined service authority and double headed management is avoided. Jody S. shares how Concept 10 applied to her life lets her take responsibility for only her part.

09 September 2017

posted Oct 10, 2016, 4:19 AM by Web Master2   [ updated Oct 1, 2017, 4:36 PM ]

Hello!  Enjoy these highlights from the Forum! Please consider ordering yourself a personal copy for only $11 for 12 months!  If your meeting does not have one, order one for them as well!  If you are not able to pay for a subscription…. Please message me and we will giving several free subscriptions away this year!!

September 2017

FORUM HIGHLIGHTS:

CAL Corner:

Read how members do their 4th Step a little different and still use CAL.  It might work for you if you are stuck.

 

SHARE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN HELPED BY CAL! In what ways has “One Day at a Time in Al-Anon” (B-6) , “Reaching For Personal Freedom” (P-92), or “Paths to Recovery” (P-93) helped you in your recovery? PLEASE SHARE!! By sending comments to: wso@al-anon.org with CAL Corner in the subject line…deadline is October 15th 2017.

 

STEP 9: The Wonderful Power of Making Amends.

                       

TRADITION 9: Lightening my Load

CONCEPT 9: Choosing to Practice Al-Anon Principles

 

As always great information about the Step, Tradition, and Concept of the month.

 

Below is a sample of articles in the Forum.  


07 July 2016

posted Aug 31, 2016, 3:26 PM by Web Master2

Highlights:

Page 3: Live and Let Live: Story of an adult son who was still struggling with addiction returning home. Rather than giving suggestions to her husband and son about solutions, she let them figure it out, and they did. “I firmly believe that an entire family can benfit even if only one member follows Al-Anon principles.”

Page 4: Hands off the steering wheel: After a meeting on “Let Go and Let God”, this member went to the car wash, where the rules were: Put the car in neutral, hands off the steering wall, no braking. Pre-Al-Anon, she had forced her will, tried to steer others and control events. But now she knows that “if God is your copilot, you’re in the wrong seat.”   

Page 26: Listen and Learn: At meetings I hear my story from complete strangers and newcomers. I never need to feel alone. I can learn to support and accept support. And my prayers have changed from, “God, please make him change” to “God change me”.

 

Meeting Suggestions:

Page 10: Checking Our Motives: Am I keeping the focus on myself? Would I talk about this if the affected person were in the room? If I’m uncomfortable, I can ask God for help

               

Features:

Page 1: I always have choices: Article outlines 26 choices a member discovered she has available when she struggles, including: Go to more meetings; Do the best I can; Take responsibility or give over responsibility; Admit I’m wrong and make amends; Celebrate my successes and remember to be grateful; Walk; Sleep; Admit that sometimes it is hard

 

Departments:

Page 12: CAL Corner: Reaching for Personal Freedom: Study guide that gives us insight, awareness, and understanding, as well as, a concrete way to apply the Legacies.

Pages 30: Step Seven: “Humility, for me, means it’s never all about me”.  Even when we are proud of an accomplishment, we need to remember that we didn’t do it alone. And prayer focuses us in a meaningful way so that our specific shortcomings can “fall away” and we can find serenity.  

Pages 32: Tradition Seven: Story about a group that was dominated by one individual providing all of the service roles. Our recovery depends upon our living in a “grow zone” where we are challenged to reach for our Higher Power’s help. And the group’s health is enhanced by more people providing service, since no 2 people do a job in the same way.

Pages 31: Concept Seven: It is necessary to have balance and communication between the Conference and the business side of our Fellowship. Concern for the health of Al-Anon requires reason and practicality in their relationships. When we take a wider stance we are more stable than if we only choose to stand in only one place.

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