Our Traditions are key elements in the ego deflation process
necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous.
The First Tradition reminds me not to take credit, or authority,
for my recovery. Placing our common welfare first reminds
me not to become a healer in this program; I am still one
of the patients. Self-effacing elders built the ward.
Without it, I doubt I would be alive. Without the group,
few alcoholics would recover.
The active role in renewed surrender
of will enables me to step aside from the need to dominate,
the desire for recognition, both of which played so great
a part in my active alcoholism. Deferring my personal
desires for the greater good of group growth contributes toward
A.A. unity that is central to all recovery. It helps
me to remember that the whole is greater than the sum of all