Twelve Traditions

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The Spiritual Substance (by D. H.)
THE FIRST sentence of the chapter on the Twelfth Tradition in the "Twelve and Twelve" says, "The spiritual substance of anonymity is sacrifice." The...
A Deeper Understanding (by L. R.)
I HAD ALWAYS thought, as my years in AA went on, "The other fellow's anonymity is more important than mine. I don't really care anymore. I'm really...
Just Another Drunk (by A. M.)
TRADITION TWELVE never meant much to me until I left the security and non-anonymity of my home group. By "non-anonymity," I mean that my home group...
Governed By Love (by W. H.)
THERE ARE NO bosses in Alcoholics Anonymous. Not even straw bosses. Who ever heard of such a thing? Everybody knew (so I used to think) that without...
A Motley Crew (by W. H.)
ONE OF THE fears that dogged me at the beginning was that I would not meet the requirements for membership. Every night at a meeting, the definition...
Our Right to Be Responsible (by W. H.)
EVEN FOR ME, with my vast (!) store of knowledge, "autonomous" was a big word. Once my brain started functioning somewhat, I remembered from my study...
Carry This Message (by W. H.)
SOMETHING I wanted above everything else when I first came to Alcoholics Anonymous was money. A small loan would have done, say a few thousand (a...
Doing What We Do Best (by W. H.)
THE EARLY history of Alcoholics Anonymous includes classic examples bearing directly on the formation of the Sixth Tradition: the offer made our co-...
Living the Traditions (by D. K.)
IN OUR BOOK AA Comes of Age, Bill W. says: "Our Traditions are a guide to better ways of working and living, and they are also an antidote for our...
We Pay the Piper (by W. H.)
A BIG WORD--emancipation. Whatever does it have to do with whether I put something in the basket at an AA meeting? Why do I have to put anything in...