Thoughts on Tradition #10

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.

Labor Day Picnics

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!