From the January 1981 magazine.

Principles of Anonymity

Another look at the Traditions, this one from a more personal point of view

THE ELEVENTH Tradition says: "Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films." The Twelfth Tradition says: "Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities." And the base of all this is true humility.

When I arrived in AA, I didn't know anything about the Fellowship. I was frightened to death, not knowing what to expect. I was met by smiling people, loving people who asked nothing from me but my first name. They spoke to me kindly, telling me their stories, but no word was said about anyone's function. This was new to me, and I certainly did appreciate it. I was taken as I looked, nobody knowing who I was, what my background was. I felt free to keep all this to myself and found that it didn't prevent them from giving me their love.

-- A. C.-B.


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