158 Three More Essentials


158 Three More Essentials

The three essentials working our Alcoholics Anonymous Program are honesty, willingness, and open-mindedness. The three more essentials I believe are the first Three Traditions. My dad told me, prior to my coming to Alcoholics Anonymous, as he was firing me, I could not work with others, what an understatement. I found a way out by applying the Twelve Traditions to each area of my life. The Third Tradition, the first essential dealing with others; "The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking." The first requirement for anything is to want "it". The more we want "it" the more we will do to get "it". Another essential is the First Tradition, "Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity." A powerful Spiritual principle for any area, all seasons. Of course my A.A. experience is a great example of how important our common welfare is. I was a loner both by choice and by request. I had no clue how to have a workable relationship with anyone, until a group of Alcoholics Anonymous members took me in. I found myself wanting to be part of a group for the first time. I found the common welfare of the group came before my selfish needs. This First Tradition worked in my business and my marriage, as it did in my Alcoholics Anonymous program. After all these Traditions are Spiritual principles, which expands with their use, unlike material stuff. These Spiritual principles applied is a way that works. At times I am called on to do something for A.A., my business and/or my marriage that I don’t want to do, but if it is for our common good I will do it anyway. Next; "For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority; a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern." I chose many years ago to have only one ultimate source, authority that will do for me what I cannot do. I practice this in all my affairs, except when I forget. When I fall in a ditch I don’t stay in it long.


1. In which of your relationship are you willing to do whatever it takes to make it work?

2. Give an example of your willingness to let the common welfare take precedence?

3. Can you see how living these Traditions is for your enlightened self-interest?

Random Awakening

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