From the November 1980 magazine.

12th Tradition

Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities - From the September 1971 Grapvine

EVERY SO OFTEN, I must ask myself, "Who do you think you are, anyway?" That question ties me to the guidepost which is our Twelfth Tradition, much as a rope tethers a grazing mule. When hooked to it, I am restrained from roaming into dangerous territories of vanity and self-pity. They always seem to be beckoning, trying to entice my hungry ego with their greener-looking fodder, and overindulgence in either could lead me back to drunkenness.

Circling this Tradition, trying to get inside its meaning by logic or some other route, time after time I have felt pulled up short by the discovery that here, in this context, "anonymity" has one simple meaning, personally applicable to me.

-- B. L

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