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April 2011: The Traditions Come Alive

These three questions might prevent you from bailing on the next Tradition meeting you stumble into

"I learned the purpose of the Traditions by studying our history."

When I was new, and for a long time afterward, I became accustomed to hearing the Traditions read at meetings. The words sounded impressive, but they didn’t impact me deeply. I found that it was only when I was able to answer the following three questions that the Traditions came alive for me: What is their purpose? What is their structure? And, what is my response to them?

I learned the purpose of the Traditions by studying our history. By the mid-1940s AA had begun its rapid growth, but the accelerating growth of arguments, controversies and power struggles made Bill fear for... Login to read more
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