From the September 1971 magazine.

Twelfth Tradition Checklist

Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

The author says: "AA's Twelve Traditions have, in my experience, often proved vital in keeping me sober, and helpful otherwise in all my affairs."

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.

-- B.L.

Manhattan, New York

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