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Grapevine : January 2012
aagrapevine.org 37 A A’s Twelve Tradi- tions are the principles by which we maintain a healthy and wel- coming environment for recovery. In dealing with sick alcoholics, this can be quite a challenge. The First Tradition reads, “Our com- mon welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon AA unity.” Unity is imperative if AA is to survive for the next suffering alcoholic who comes through the door. But too often the word “unity” is misunderstood. Often we interpret it as “coming together in a com- mon place,” or “superficial friendliness and jovial glad handling,” or even “public Tolerance is a two- way street A member ponders the meaning of Tradition One and the blessing of unity Traditions TRADITION ONE: Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A. A . unity. GRAPE_37-39.indd 37 11/28/11 11:47 AM