Each month we focus on the Step, Tradition, and Concept of the month, and provide a quote from Bill W.
To all those who wish to secede from A.A. we extend a cheerful invitation to do just that…If after a trial they cannot do better, we know they face a choice: they can go mad or die or they can return to Alcoholics Anonymous.
Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly filled with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic outcast received back into his community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives — these things are the substance of what we receive as we carry a message to the next alcoholic.
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 110
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
Moved by the spirit of anonymity, we try to give up our natural desires for personal distinction as A.A. members both among fellow Alcoholics and before the general public. As we lay aside these very human aspirations, we believe that each of us takes part in the weaving of a protective mantle which covers our whole Society and under which we may grow and work in unity.
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 187
The Conference shall observe the spirit of A.A. tradition, taking care that it never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that sufficient operating funds and reserve be its prudent financial principle; that it place none of its members in a position of unqualified authority over others; that it reach all important decisions by discussion, vote, and whenever possible, by substantial unanimity; that its actions never be personally punitive nor an incitement to public controversy; that it never perform acts of government, and that, like the Society it serves, it will always remain democratic in thought and action.
To all those who wish to secede from A.A. we extend a cheerful invitation to do just that. If they can do better by other means, we are glad. If after a trial they cannot do better, we know they face a choice: they can go mad or die or they can return to Alcoholics Anonymous. The decision is wholly theirs.
Twelve Concepts for World Service, p. 57