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October 2010

ME & MY BIG MOUTH

A self-proclaimed 'AA geek' learns about Tradition Twelve the hard way

YESTERDAY, I committed a grave error concerning our Fellowship once again. I shouldn't be surprised at myself (though I am!), as just about every single lesson I've learned about AA's Traditions started, at least in part, with me breaking them. You see, I've been sober since 1986 and have morphed into what my friends and I like to call an "AA geek." I'm one of those people who reads not just our annual final General Service Conference Report, but who also reads all the background materials. I've read all of our pamphlets, all of our AAWS books, and most of the Grapevine's books. I've read The AA Service Manual Combined With Twelve Concepts for World Service, and can even explain some of the Concepts. So when I realize that I've cast aside those precepts I cherish so much and have found so helpful to my sober life, I tend to get a little upset with myself, as I am right now.

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