Member: Rarely
Location: rontherocket@hotmail.com
Remote Name: 207.161.34.241
Date: 25 Jan 2004
Time: 05:50 PM -0500

Comments

Probably no society sets a higher value on the personal welfare of the individual member than does A.A. Long ago we found that the common wefare had to come first without it there would be no personal welfare. Alcohol always threatens the individual but we all know it cannot destroy the common welfare. Yet we all can agree that PRIDE. FEAR. and ANGER. are the prime enemies of our common welfare. True brotherhood harmony and love fortified by clear insight and right practices are the only answer, and the purpose of all A.A. s traditional priciples is to bring these forces to the top and keep them there. Only then can A.A. unity become permanent.


Member: Adam H.
Location: New York, NY
Remote Name: 64.232.156.194
Date: 25 Jan 2004
Time: 08:58 PM -0500

Comments

Adam, alcoholic. I've learned over the years that if I stay with AA, not only is AA always there when I need it, but I'm there for AA when they need me. You see, I've really cme to beileve that even with 8 years of sobriety that I still need AA as desperately as I did when I had 8 hours, but now that I am sponsoring people and getting active in service, I'm learning about responsibility to AA. f a member's primary purpose is to stay sober and help others achieve sobriety, then I need to be willing to share the gifts and tools given to me so that I can help others AS WELL AS myself. Thanks for letting me share.


Member: Kim M.
Location: FL
Remote Name: 66.32.141.200
Date: 25 Jan 2004
Time: 09:39 PM -0500

Comments

Unity springs from our common purpose to help show the newcomer that this life really works. I heard at a meeting last night on this tradition that if it wasn't for people casting resentments many AA groups would not have been started. I feel that without AA I surely would of been dead by now.It is my lifeline.I decided to be a part of the solution instead of the problem and do service for my group. This helps me in discovering who I am and constructionly adds to my group and personal growth.


Member: Jenny M.
Location: Washington
Remote Name: 198.81.26.38
Date: 26 Jan 2004
Time: 12:23 AM -0500

Comments

Hi I am Jenny and alcoholic. We are starting to the study the traditions in my book study meeting. We just read all the steps. I guess what this step means to me means that we need to be able to depend on people to be there for us. I just started chairing a meeting and if it weren't for our unity we could not be there for others. I guess I will learn to understand it better as we read the 12 traditions as a group. Thanks for being here everybody.


Member: Nate W.
Location: Spokane, WA
Remote Name: 24.18.115.53
Date: 26 Jan 2004
Time: 02:46 AM -0500

Comments

Hi I am Nate, an alcoholic and I always thought that I could make the recovery on my own, but I was having problems and I knew that something was missing, and I finally found some A.A. groups that I really enjoyed. The encouragement and just the knowledge and understanding of people help me out. Unity is a the main part of A.A. to myself.


Member: Kelly M
Location: NH
Remote Name: 64.223.176.115
Date: 26 Jan 2004
Time: 05:31 AM -0500

Comments

Our common welfare Is our binding thread As long as I listen To what you all said. Our over all unity Is so vital to me. We must stand together If sober to be. Same feelings we've had As we go through our life. No matter where we went, To follow was strife. We tried to stay sober All by our own. All things in our past We could not atone. I must have you As I have said. Our common welfare Is our binding thread. 2001, Herb Dunn


Member: Mike H
Location: Jackson Michigan
Remote Name: 68.76.56.44
Date: 26 Jan 2004
Time: 08:40 AM -0500

Comments

For AA to work we must have unity. Meetings need to be run by basic guidelines. If there wasn't guidelines the meetings would be run on self-will and we all know where that gets us. Meetings can exist without me but can I exist without meetings? That is what I am working on today. Hope I made sense. Health and Happiness to us all. Mike H.


Member: Craig L (Dogmanor@yahoo.com)
Location: Aloha, Oregon
Remote Name: 65.102.43.100
Date: 26 Jan 2004
Time: 10:39 AM -0500

Comments

My first home group was a freak show. There were several strong personalities, which I often let interrupt my serenity. LOL. But alcohol had beaten me into submission. I also began to glimpse the truth that my perceptions may be wrong. I made a commitment to attend that meeting daily for 1 year, I did service work for the group and brought cookies everyday despite how I really thought I felt about some of the people there. That struggle turned out to be the best thing for me. Today I know all the different people, the newcomers and old timers is the consciousness of God, it is important for me to forgo my ego, so the group can continue to be a place of refuge and knowledge for those still in the hell of alcoholism.


Member: Nate W.
Location: Spokane, WA
Remote Name: 24.18.115.53
Date: 26 Jan 2004
Time: 04:52 PM -0500

Comments

I know how you feel Craig, my first meeting initially scared me from going to A.A. I just knew that there was the right group and people within the group I could relate with, and after a little bit of searching I found it and I feel so much better after going. Thanks


Member: dave.s
Location: driffield e.yorks
Remote Name: 80.225.178.166
Date: 26 Jan 2004
Time: 05:11 PM -0500

Comments

AA Unity The fellowship welcomes people of every nationality,race colour and creed.No one dominates no group dominates and nothing ever should.Unity means that the fellowship is the same from one end of the planet to the other and that any member will be welcomed in the rooms of AA wherever that room is.If this Unity is not maintained then we-all alcoholics-could be in danger of loosing the "club"


Member: AZbill
Location: azbill1172@cox.net
Remote Name: 68.226.19.154
Date: 26 Jan 2004
Time: 07:34 PM -0500

Comments

HI! Bill here, alcoholic from Arizona. Just as the Steps keep the individual healthy, the Traditions keeps the groups healthy. This first Tradition insures me that I am in the right place. When I finally got sober, I realized that I had a lot of other issues that needed to be take care of. But first I had to get sober. A later tradition says it all. "....better to one thing supremely well than many badly." I came into AA not even believing it would work. Had I heard any outside issue being discussed, I would have known I was in the wrong place and would have gone back out that door to die. I have been sober quite sometime now and a bit more tolerant of outside issues. If I can help, I will but not as a part of AA. I must give the newcomer the same opportunity to recover from that hopeless state of body and mind that I was given. Thanks to you all, Love you. Bill


Member: Peggy E
Location: Salem, Oregon
Remote Name: 67.164.52.213
Date: 26 Jan 2004
Time: 07:35 PM -0500

Comments

Hi! I'm Peggy. I'm an alcoholic. The Book says "Therefore, no society of men and women ever had a more urgent need for continuous effectiveness and permanent unity. We alcoholics see that we must work together and hang together, else most of us will finally die alone." AA is my life raft. I can't pick and choose who is in my life raft - God all ready did that. Thank you, God for one more day clean and sober!


Member: FrankD
Location: NJ
Remote Name: 68.45.198.144
Date: 26 Jan 2004
Time: 08:41 PM -0500

Comments

It is still a selfish program, I strive and pray for AA unity for without it AA would cease to exist, and without AA I would, no doubt, be lost. Frank


Member: AZbill
Location: azbill1172@cox.net
Remote Name: 68.226.19.154
Date: 27 Jan 2004
Time: 01:53 PM -0500

Comments

HI Bill here, alcoholic from Arizona with an add on. The AA Declaration of Unity: "This we owe to A.A.'s future: To place our common welfare first; To keep our fellowship united. For on A.A. unity depend our lives, And the lives of those to come" Love ya all. Bill


Member: Gage
Location: swamp
Remote Name: 205.188.192.179
Date: 27 Jan 2004
Time: 11:42 PM -0500

Comments

I'm Gage and I'm an alcoholic. It's been pointed out to me how the principles we are learning to practice in our own lives through the Steps are echoed in the Traditions, this one included.


Member: Gabrielle P
Location: Northwest Ohio
Remote Name: 152.163.252.133
Date: 28 Jan 2004
Time: 06:17 PM -0500

Comments

Gabrielle grateful recovering alcoholic, the first Tradition tells us that now that we have learned what the suggestions of the Step are, and what we can accomplish with our lives by following them, the First Traditon reminds us that we are now compelled to look for ways to service others in hope that we will continue to grow in faith and spiritual ways and that God will reward us with continued strength and renewed hope. The idea that we could alone, by ourselves, not needing anyone could survice sober, is shattered by the realization and practice of giving to others in order to receive. It is a simple and yet conforming requiring to obtain and gain benefit from the entire program to continue to pratice this way of life. I cannot be more grateful than to know that whatever I may have been before the life changing experience of coming to AA, that the spiritual gift of God and all those I have come in contact with as a result of this way of living, is something that has the only the price tag of giving to others. I am grateful for the opportunity to be in service to AA. I cannot fail until I stop trying In Sobriety, in AA, in Life Gabrielle


Member: jimr
Location: chicago
Remote Name: 68.165.62.32
Date: 29 Jan 2004
Time: 01:26 AM -0500

Comments

"Now it is held to be the mark of a prudent man to be able to deliberate well about what is good and advantageous for himself, not in some one department, for instance what is good for his health or strength, but what is advantageous as a MEANS to the good life in general." Aristotle The means being AA unity in general A selfish program...? Our preservation is based out of the steps like Gage said earlier "Self-love, therefore, is no part of morality. Indeed it is exactly its counterpart. It is the sole antagonist of virtue, leading us constantly by our propensities to self-gratification in violation of our moral duties to others." Thomas Jefferson Don't you love bill w.


Member: Paul Q
Location: Toronto
Remote Name: 66.185.84.204
Date: 01 Feb 2004
Time: 09:42 AM -0500

Comments

Common welfare....mmmm providing we are all on the same page yes. Welfare is dependent on that unity of everyone working a healthy program. I have seen so many get involved with the untreated members that are running around playing GOD and end of leaving as a result. So we feed each other in the unity of GOD's spirit. Love to all Paul