From the December 2008 magazine.

Tradition 12: Making Myself Anonymous

ONE AMONG MANY

Tradition Twelve seems like a Step to me. It's so spiritual in its focus on anonymity. Someone said it well: "What is shared in meetings is more important than who said it."

The hard part for me is to remember that I, too, am a personality. When I start thinking that what I share is really important, that people really need to hear me ... well, I've put my own personality before the very principles I am attempting to convey. I start to think of myself as being uniquely capable of transmitting the message of recovery from alcoholism. Suddenly, I am the person everyone needs to hear!

-- Julie E.

Maplewood, New Jersey

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