CAL – The Twelve Steps & Traditions (Item # P-17)

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WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Continuing on with my historical jaunt through the pamphlets 1961 was a major year for Al-Anon.  After being around for 10 years, they finally had their first trial Conference that year & the concept of having Conference Approved material was adopted — yet, at that time, groups were still allowed to publish their own material so long as it was only used locally – see page 99 from “Many Voices, One Journey” (item # B-31).  Every group was given 1 free copy of this pamphlet when the ’61 Conference Summary was sent out.  Per that Summary, this pamphlet was “compiled & revised from ‘The Forum’.”

2. I’ve always been told that the Traditions aren’t rules, but suggested guidelines however I think I like them described better using the phrase in this pamphlet: as precautionary principles.  Examples are told of what has happened when the Traditions were not followed & that is what gives them their importance.

3. I also now have a new appreciation for Tradition Eight after reading the section regarding giving gifts to Sponsors.  That, in this program, gratitude reaches forward, not backward. Smiley-Gratitude

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Andrea says:

    I’m learning a lot from your post. Thanks , Andrea

    1. Pat A. says:

      It’s not just you… we’re learning together. Thanks for joining me on this journey!!

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