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Grapevine : November 2011
In speaking of his gratitude for the program, one New York member says he doesn't want to be like the small boy who didn't ut- ter a single word until he was eight years old. On his eighth birthday, his mother put a bowl- ful of new cereal on the breakfast table. e boy took a spoonful, spit it out and said, " is stinks!" His mother, amazed and de- lighted, said, "Why, Johnny, I didn't know you could talk! Why haven't you said anything before this?" John- ny shrugged. "Well, up to now," he said, "everything's been fine." may yet be ours. When we think our situation through, simple prudence and foresight will tell us that. The 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous are a distillate of our experience of living and working to- gether. They apply the spirit of the 12 Recovery Steps to our group life and security. They deal with our relations with the world outside and with each other, they state our attitudes toward power and prestige, toward property and money. They would save us from tempting alliances and major contro- versies, they would elevate principles far above personal ambitions. And, as a token of this last, they request that we maintain personal anonym- ity before the open public as a pro- tection to AA and as proof of the fact that our society intends to practice true humility. For the information of the gen- eral public and for the instruction of new AA members, the 12 Tradi- tions have just been released in a much condensed "short form" which we hope will be as widely read and understood as the 12 Steps of Recov- ery. Should this happen, our current growing pains will be lessened and we shall commence to lay up a great store of insurance for the years ahead. What then could be more appro- priate than to set aside Thanksgiving week for discussion of the practical and spiritual values to be discovered in our Tradition? We could thus rein- force our faith in the future by these prudent works; we could show that we deserve to go on receiving that priceless gift of "Oneness" which God in His wisdom has so freely given to us of Alcoholics Anonymous in the precious years of our infancy. Bill W. SHORT SNORTS REPRINTED FROM GRAPEVINE MAGAZINE, JULY 1959 12 November 2011