From the September 1981 magazine.

Governed By Love

Tradition 2 - For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority--a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern

THERE ARE NO bosses in Alcoholics Anonymous. Not even straw bosses. Who ever heard of such a thing? Everybody knew (so I used to think) that without bosses, hateful as they were, no operation could possibly succeed.

It is twenty years since I had my last drink and came into AA. I am still not overfond of bosses. And that is fine, because, thanks to the Second Tradition, there are still no bosses around.

-- W. H.

Manhattan, New York

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