When we open our meetings, we do a series of readings. Our group felt it would be helpful to not only read one tradition at the start of each meeting but, also, to briefly discuss its meaning, purpose and importance. Before discussing Tradition Seven, I thought it only applied to monetary contributions from the members so our group could pay the rent and buy literature for the newcomers.

However, as I became more involved in the Nar-Anon program, I learned we have financial obligations to Nar-Anon in other ways. Other financial obligations are contributing to our World Service Office or to starting a new group. Our local region should finance sending a delegate to the World Service Conferences to ensure our group’s thoughts are heard at the world level. This is another way of being self-supporting.

Another way to contribute to the program is to give of our time. I can contribute by making coffee, cleaning-up after a meeting, helping on a convention committee, or taking a service position in my home group, area or region. My contribution can be as simple as staying after the meeting to give comfort to a troubled newcomer.

The second part of this tradition tells us we should “decline outside contributions,” as they may be offered with expectations attached. In order for our program to remain true to its spiritual principles, we must remain true to our sole purpose. To do this, we must remain politically independent from other organizations and be self-governing. Contributions from outside entities, no matter how noble their purposes may be, could tempt us to make concessions or promote that outside organization.

Thought for Today: When I was desperate, the Nar-Anon program was there for me because members gave their support of time and money. I will now do the same. By giving back, I support the program so that it is there to help others in need.“The best things in life must come by effort from within, not by gifts from the outside.”~ Fred Corson