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Welcome to the Underearning and our Thinking meeting of

    Underearning and Our Thinking

    Underearers Anonymous Meeting Format


    Hello everyone. My name is ________ and I am an underearner. Welcome to the Underearning and Our Thinking Meeting of Underearners Anonymous.

At any time during the meeting, you may press “Star (*) 6 to mute, or un-mute,

    your phone. Please un-mute your phone now.

Serenity Prayer:

    May we please have a moment of silence, followed by the Serenity Prayer. God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Amen.


    Underearners Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from compulsive underearning. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop underearning. There are no dues or fees for UA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. UA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stop underearning, one day at a time, and to help other underearners do the same.

Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions:

    Our program is based on the belief that the foundation of change and recovery from our shared problem is to be found in working the 12 Steps and abiding by the 12 traditions developed by Alcoholics Anonymous and that this spiritual program is the key to serenity.

    Would someone please read the Tradition of the month and the 12th tradition. (Chair to read, if no one volunteers)

Welcome Newcomers:

    Before we begin we want to welcome any newcomers to the meeting. If you don’t feel ready to share, you can still claim your seat by introducing yourself so that we may acknowledge your being here.

    If you are having earning problems, and think you may be a compulsive underearner, we believe you have come to the right place and this program can help you.

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    It is suggested that at first you attend at least six meetings so you have time to identify with the speakers, begin to absorb the UA concepts, learn more about the UA tools, and start making outreach calls.

Meeting Norms:

    When you share, please tell us your name and - if you’re comfortable - your

    location. This helps to facilitate connection and outreach.

After everyone has shared, if time permits, second shares will be allowed.

Before the close of the meeting we will allow time to exchange numbers

In the last five minutes we allow time to share actions we plan to take this week

    to overcome Underearning

To maintain the serenity of the meeting, we do not engage in cross-talk. which

    we define as interrupting or directly addressing another sharer.

To best facilitate sharing, we need a spiritual timekeeper. Who would be

    willing to do that service? (3 minute shares, with a 1 minute warning).

Please acknowledge the timekeeper by saying “Thank You.”

Meeting Focus and Format:

    The focus of this meeting is on the ways our thinking has affected, and continues to affect, our ability to live prosperous lives. This is a literature-based


    First we read examples of our Underearning Thinking; Second, some of the

    results of this kind of thinking in our lives; and Third, some new ways UA

    Recovery can allow us to think.

    Then we share in response to the material as best we can: On our Underearning (and Under-being) Thinking; and/or on how our thinking is beginning to change or has changed, as we work the program.

Of course, you may also share on other issues connected to your Underearning

    and Underbeing - if you feel the need.

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    I. Examples of Our Underearning Thinking:

1. I'm afraid I'll never have any money.

2. Who needs money anyway? Isn’t it righteous to be poor?

3. I'm too old … I just don’t have enough time left …Am I ever going to

    accomplish anything worthwhile?

    4. I'm not really that good at what I do -- I have no real talents.

5. I tried that already.

6. I don't want to expose myself to criticism.

    7. What makes you think you deserve that?! (Did someone die and make you

    The Monarch?)

8. I just want someone to take care of me (to rescue me).

    II. Some Consequences of Our Underearning Thinking.

    1. We persist at work that doesn’t serve us; and stay in jobs or business

    situations when we suspect or know we are not being paid what we are


    2. We volunteer too much of our time; or give our services without charge

    when there is no clear benefit.

    3. In work situations, we choose or create excitement rather than stability,

    chaos rather than growth, and misery rather than satisfaction or pleasure.

    4. We sabotage opportunities for prosperity in a myriad of ways.

5. We undervalue our time and don’t use it to further our own goals.

    6. Like flipping a switch, we chronically turn the lights off on the positive

    visions we once held close in our minds and hearts.

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    7. We deny ourselves the joy and spiritual fulfillment gained by using our

    God-given talents and skills to better humanity.

III. Some new ways UA recovery allows us to think:

    1. Does this job really serve me? What am I getting out of this?

    2. My talent is a gift and it's important for me to serve my work or art.

    3. I don't believe I'm getting enough for my service.

    4. I'm willing to find out what the market will bear for my services.

    5. I want a balanced life that serves me.

    6. How is my money serving me?

    7. I’m beginning to visualize more prosperity in my life -- I accept and give

    thanks for my current good fortune.

    8. I want to have an abundant vacation.

    9. I want to be more generous.

    10. I believe in my heart that I have greatness within me!

    We strive to be useful to God - as we understand God - to ourselves and to other human beings using our inborn talents and working in situations which bring about the greatest joy for us and the highest good for all. May God’s will, (or God-will) be done and may we find it now.

At 30 minutes:

    Now it’s time for the 7th Tradition. UA has no dues or fees. We are self

    supporting through our own contributions, which are for the development of UA literature, costs incurred by the UA General Service Board, and the maintenance of the UA website at Your contributions can be sent to UA, Box 255, Nyack, New York 10960. Please give what you can, and if you can give nothing at this time keep coming back because you are more 4/6/12 Page 4 of 5

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    important then your money. Are there any UA related announcements? (After announcements, invite continued sharing)

At about 55 minutes, Wrap Up:

    That’s all the time we have for sharing. I’d like to thank everyone who shared, and ____ for keeping time, and ____ for doing the readings. I’m ________,

    thank you for letting me be of service.

Share Actions:

    Now is the time we briefly share some actions we plan to take today, or this week, to overcome underearning, and to enrich our fiscal and spiritual solvency. Who would like to share actions?

Number Exchange:

    If you want to contact someone you heard on today’s meeting, please call out their names now and we ask those member to stay on the call, if they are able to do so, until after we say the Serenity Prayer. I will also stay on the line to facilitate exchanges of numbers.


    In closing, the opinions expressed here today are strictly those of the individuals who gave them. The things we have heard here are spoken in confidence and should be treated as confidential. We do not take outside the meeting who we hear at the meeting. If we try to absorb what we have heard, we are bound to gain a better understanding of the way to handle our problems and begin to change our lives.

    Let us talk to each other; .reason things out with someone else. And let there be no gossip or criticism of one another, but only Love, Understanding and Fellowship.

Please un-mute your phone by pressing Star (*) 6.

     Will all who care to please join me in saying The Serenity Prayer:

    God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change

    the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Amen.

The meeting is open for fellowship.

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