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Grapevine : August 2010
34 August 2010 money. I found both him and a man who was living with him passed out. I stole the wallet of the man living with him and le the house unnoticed. is man blamed my uncle for stealing his mon- ey. e sheri was called in. My uncle had worked for him and had drunk himself out of that job. It was very embarrass- ing and shameful for my uncle to go through that. Eventually, it blew over. I le for the Marine Corps and tried to forget about the incident, but every now and then when I was back home I would think about it when I ran into my uncle. I felt a lot of guilt and shame when it came up in my thoughts, and I drank to make it go away. It was like a monkey on my back. When I sobered up and was in treatment, this came up in my Fourth and Fi h Steps, so obviously it was on my Eighth Step list. It was meant to clear up the wreckage of my past so I didn't have to have it haunt me for the rest of my life. My uncle, although a F OR years I was confused about Tradition Eight. My first introduction to AA came in a treat- ment center, where the counselors were AA members who attended meetings with patients and even sponsored some patients (in- cluding me). I stayed sober only a year that first time, and later wondered if Tradition Eight had been an issue at all in that situation. Fast-forward about 15 years, into the 21st century. I am sober now, and a member of a home group that studies the Traditions once a week. What little I knew about Tradi- tion Eight before had come from Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, where the issue is complicated by repeated refer- ence to the Twel h Step. For example, Bill says, "Our Twel h Step is never to be paid for, but those who labor in service for us are worthy of their hire." e issue is confusing, because earlier in the "Twelve and Twelve," Bill says that "unspectacular but important tasks," such as "arranging for the co ee and cake," are "Twel h Step work in the very best sense of the word." According to this line of thought, activities such as answering the phone at Intergroup, clean- ing up an AA meeting room, maintaining an AA website, or editing an AA magazine, are clear examples of Twel h Step work in the very best sense of the word. However, some AA members are paid for some of these tasks. So I was confused. When my group read about Tradition PROFESSIONALISM AND AA TradiTion eighT I stole the wallet of the man living with him and le the house unnoticed. From the August 2004 Grapevine