Tradition Ten: Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside
issues; hence the AA name ought never be drawn into public controversy. ~ AA 12 X 12
Tradition #10 was a tough one for me to wrap my head around. I struggled to dismiss my education and training in the helping profession and just be one of the members; not the fixer in the groups. Or AA as a whole. After all, I was over qualified, right? I knew best, right? I struggled. I can tell you that. Until one day, I was told (a bit abruptly, I might add) to pretend as if I knew nothing; to put the cotton in my ears in my mouth and listen. Wow. Just wow. I had hurt feelings for a long time. But I realized then and now that truth hurts. If I wanted what they had; I needed to do what they did. Dang. How simple is that? The traditions are the glue that binds us. We keep outside opinions out of the deal, so that we can focus on being sober and helping others get sober. In today’s lingo, it is called “staying in our own lane.” We are “experts” at only one thing only: Alcoholics Anonymous. That is it.
Here are some questions for your consideration:
1. Do I ever give the impression that there really is an “AA opinion” on Antabuse?
Tranquilizers? Doctors? Psychiatrists? Churches? Hospitals? Jails? Alcohol? The
federal or state government? Legalizing marijuana? Vitamins? Al-Anon? Alateen?
2. Can I honestly share my own personal experience concerning any of those without
giving the impression I am stating the “AA opinion”?
We will do more tomorrow. Take care. Be kind and gentle. Enjoy the process.
Here is the link to the events page. I am still working on setting up pages. Bear with me.
Note: there are 2 area Labor Day picnics today! Hope to see you at one of them. Just bring your own lawn chairs, side dish to share, and your experience, strength, and hope. Have a safe and fun holiday. We are never alone. Here is a link:
AA has a place for you to be, where things are free, dry, and happy. I hope you will join us:
Monday, September 4, 2017 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT
Whitehouse 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue Des Moines, IA 50316-2258 Hamburgers & Hot Dogs Provided Bring a side dish or dessert to share. 50/50 raffle/must be present to win.
Monday, 9/4/2017 Ames Intergroup Labor Day Picnic Shagbark Shelter Inis Grove Park 2500 Duff Avenue Ames, Iowa 50010 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Fellowship/Grilling@ 11:00 a.m. Lunch @ Noon. Speaker @ 1:00 p.m. is Sue C. from Marshalltown, IA.
Please bring meat to grill Bring a side dish or dessert to share and your own yard chair. Families always welcome!
Here is a link to the latest events for this week in AA. Hope to see you there.
Here is the link to this week’s events. Feel free to submit your event to me directly or through the main office. Thx. Hope to see you there.
Check out all the events coming up. If you are bored, it may just be your own fault. Hope to see you around!
Here is the link to what is going on lately and locally. Hope to see you there:
Here are this weeks events. Just double click on the blue line to open events page. Hope to see you there. https://wordpress.com/page/dmpartyline.wordpress.com/3516