More on Tradition 12

Now that my computer has been fixed, I am going through all my old files. This is something that I came across on Tradition 12.


“Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.”

1. Let us recall the last time we sacrificed a personal desire for the common good in our relationship with God, A.A., a spouse or friend, and at work.

2. Let us recall an example where we were swayed by the personality of others or our own desires rather than acting on principle. How could we have acted differently?

3. The next time I hear a speaker in A.A. whose personality is exciting from the platform; can I hear the principles behind his words? To which step, tradition, or concept can I relate his pitch? Also, if I am bored with a speaker, can I tune in to which step, tradition, or concept he or she is coming from?

4. There is an element of sacrifice in practicing the twelve traditions. How could I place principles before my personal wishes in practicing the first tradition: “Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on A.A. unity.”

How would you apply principles before personalities in practicing the rest of the traditions? Think about this the next time you hear the traditions read at a meeting. Just pick one tradition.


Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

With blessings for recovery and peace,



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