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December 1976

Do Your Own Thing--Period!

Trouble taught the group:

SOME OF US appreciate our Traditions most when we are in trouble because we ignored them. I'm beginning to think, also, that several of them are aimed directly at AA members employed in the alcoholism field. Each Tradition certainly draws a bead squarely on some aspect of the alcoholic personality (my own, that is). The First, Second, and Twelfth (see inside back cover of any Grapevine), for instance, go right after my grandiosity and excessive self-concern. The Sixth, of particular concern to AAs who work in the field, has a personal application to me, too. It reads: "An AA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the AA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose."


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