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Grapevine : October 2011
32 October 2011 Alcoholics Anonymous groups oppose no one. Concerning such matters, they can express no views whatever. What a tall order for a know-it-all alcoholic of my type who likes to throw her opinion around---even when I don't know what I am talking about! Sure I think I know, good inten- tions and all, but I have learned over the years that what I believe to be the truth at one point in my life, may not be the same at another time because I am continually changing and growing. I have also learned that my experience is not going to be a cookie cutter version of someone else's. We all have our own personal paths when it comes to our recovery. Tradition Ten brings good news for measamemberofmyAA group, reminding me that I should not get involved with any outside issues because I could o er some real bad advice. If I go back to this Tradition, it tells me the answer--- share your experience, strength and hope and try to keep keep your opin- ions to yourself. Tradition Ten protects our meetings from going o course. I've seen it happen. At fellowship one evening, talk about a political candidate came up. It was obvious some were pas- sionate about this person, butnotallofus.Iwasnot "for" this particular figure, but I didn't say anything so as to avoid a heated debate. e tone of the conversation was already The day I broke Tradi- tion Ten, I didn't even know it! I had been in AA 13 years and only at- tending one meet- ing a week. I had just gotten a spon- sor a er all these years and hadn't really experienced the true fellowship of AA. It happened at the meeting I always went to but never spoke at. Sitting by my sponsor, I decided to speak, and out of my mouth came the words: "global warming" and "stop pollution." Who could be for global warming and pollution? No one at the meeting said a word, except one person who made a joke about it. I didn't realize what I had done until the meeting was over. No one chastened me, but I realized I had OOPS ... DID I SAY THAT?