“Number two – 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. We all know that there are no “big shots” in AA. We all know that each of us, as a member of AA, understands AA in his own way. We came to Cleveland and I have seen a lot of people that I admire with their long years of sobriety. I do like to see their grace and their ease and the manner in which they conduct themselves. And if I don’t watch myself I will become maybe a little bit jealous of them. That is not the AA way. Rather, I’ll respect them, and I’m glad to see such fine such fine guys and girls that came in ahead of me to and paved the way of this thing that I know is my salvation today. Number One: Alcoholics Anonymous and then I’ll put myself in there. I’ll get what I can out of the program, always keeping in mind that if I don’t put Alcoholics Anonymous first, that if I do not listen and heed well to those . . . [who] have made a success, of personal success out of the way in which they handle the AA program, then I have erred someplace. I want Alcoholics Anonymous to always be number one in my life. And a long time ago it wasn’t. Thank you very much!”
-Bill W.
Living The Twelve Traditions In Today’s World, Pg. 29-30
Here is a talk from Bob D. about the Twelve Traditions