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Embracing Change and Tradition Five

A member applies her sense of this tradition to various AA customs

Some months ago, I was asked to speak on the topic of "Embracing Change and Tradition Five." I came to AA in 1987 and have been sober since 1988. Personally, I have always resisted change both inside and outside of AA. I long for a home group where there is no chanting, AA birthdays are a simple announcement at the meeting with cake to follow after the meeting, the readings are not a group activity and the donation of a turkey for the annual Gratitude Banquet spurs a 30-minute lively discussion in the business meeting as to just how the donation of a turkey purchased with 7th Tradition monies is in line with the Tradition Five.

I was raised in a structured AA group where study of the Twelve Traditions was common and I am ever so grateful for those teachers. However,one of the drawbacks is that I occasionally become a bleeding deacon. Even as I worked on my presentation, I found it much easier to write about the changes in AA that I have difficultly embracing rather than those changes I do embrace. What I am continually learning is that the Twelve Traditions are guiding principles and it is incredibly important that I keep an open mind.

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