There are no presidents in A.A., there are no managers in A.A., and there is no one person whose importance is such that the doors to the rooms would not open without them. The Program was designed in such a way that no one person’s importance is greater than another’s. The Program exists on its own merit, and continues because we have the Twelve Traditions. which affords us the ability, as a group, to function. Our Highest Power is a loving God, as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Defining ourselves as a group with what we term the “Three Legacies,” which are imprinted on our “birthday chips.” and those legacies are: Service, Recovery and Unity.
Service – that’s what keeps the doors open, and enables us each to participate in our own sobriety. With the Twelve Steps and my Higher Power, God, I have been able to attain some time in Recovery from the disease of alcoholism. It is through the Unity of the Fellowship that these Three Legacies have formed to be the basis for our Program, Alcoholics Anonymous. It evolved over time, but the basics have remained the same for over 78 years. Change within the Program takes a lengthy process, and most members do not support or encourage change easily. It is said that the Steps are what help us achieve sobriety, but it is the Traditions that enable us to function, as a group. The Steps are HOW is works, and the Traditions are WHY it works.
While I have been in service for much of my sobriety, I work to remain my “right size” and to remember that I am simply one among many. When it comes down to it, I am simply, Bonnie, alcoholic. It is vital that I step aside to let the newcomers be of service whenever that is desired. We pass it on, one to the other. That is truly how this wonderful Program continues to be there for so many searching for a way out of the misery that we call alcoholism. I truly believe that there were three co-founders: Bill W., Dr. Bob, and the Unseen God.