My name is Nancy. I am a compulsive overeater and have also been anorexic. Finding these rooms of Recovery, a wonderful online sponsor, working the Twelve Steps and reading the ESH you so generously share here has not only saved my life, but made that life worth living again.
I would like to welcome the members who have just joined us. We're very glad you are here. You can find Tradition One and the rest of the workshop as it is presented at this website:
The Traditions Workshop Website
When I first read Tradition Two, I thought what an odd way to run anything! No one in charge? No elected leader? Who made sure everyone put their money in the basket, who decided which of us really was a compulsive eater and let us come to the meetings, who told us what to do and how to do it? That made no sense whatsoever. No business or even a meeting would ever survive that way, There would be nothing but chaos.
But it does work and has been working since 1950 when the 12 Traditions were adopted by AA. These 12 Traditions came into being only after years of experience had shown what worked to keep AA available for all of those in need of a 12 Step meeting.
No one person is in charge of our meetings. Just us COE's and we all have an equal voice.
If an issue comes up that is causing discontent among the members, a Group Conscience can be called for and the issue voted on after a discussion. When we attend a Group Conscience meeting it is suggested that we realize that our own views are just that, our own views , and that we listen with an open mind to the views of others.Then it is time to listen to our HP and vote our conscience.
If for some reason that decision proves to be the wrong one for the group, we are not bound by it. Another group conscience vote can be taken when something needs to be corrected.
So now some questions to think about and to share you thoughts about with us.
1. Do I look for credit and praise when doing service work, or am I doing it to help the fellowship grow?
2. Do I listen with an open mind when a group conscience discussion is taking place or am I only concentrating on swaying members to my way of thinking.
3. Do I criticize or support my group?
4. When a group decision is made that I am against do I willingly follow that suggestion or do I do everything I can to undermine it?
5. Do I take part in decision making or do I sit on the sidelines and then complain about the outcome?
Thank you for letting me share the Traditions with you,
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