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From the January 2017 magazine.

What’s good for the group

Through lots of trial and error, a member learns the importance of AA unity

At first glance, unity seemed pretty simple. But after many years and much observation, for me it’s not so simple. Almost all of my actions can reflect on that. If I’m not open-minded enough to investigate the things I propose to my AA group and examine all the pros and cons, but instead just try to push an idea through—without regard for the outcome—then I’m not interested in unity. I’m only trying to get my way. This happens far too often in the business meetings I’ve seen.

A prime example of lack of unity is the old fable that all it takes is a coffeepot and a resentment to start a new meeting. All we wind up with is two groups with resentments. And resentments are a dubious luxury that alcoholics can’t afford. Often what happens is one or both groups eventually fade away.

-- Dan W.

Eatonville, Washington, USA

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