Thursday, 29 April 2021

Daily Reflections #essentialsofrec #AA #Groups #Autonomy


GROUP AUTONOMY


Some may think that we have carried the principle of group
autonomy to extremes. For example, in its original “long form,”
Tradition Four declares: “Any two or three gathered together
for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that
as a group they have no other affiliation.” . . . . But this
ultra-liberty is not so risky as it looks.

A.A. COMES OF AGE, pp. 104-05

As an active alcoholic, I abused every liberty that life
afforded. How could A.A. expect me to respect the
“ultra-liberty” bestowed by Tradition Four? Learning respect
has become a lifetime job.
A.A. has made me fully accept the necessity of discipline
and that, if I do not assert it from within, then I will pay
for it. This applies to groups too. Tradition Four points me
in a spiritual direction, in spite of my alcoholic inclinations.
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