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May 03, 2008


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Steve E

"Anonymity is the spiritual foundation for all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities."

That's it fo me.


But there's another aspect to anonymity that we forget. If Bill had appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, he could never again sit down in a meeting and say, "Hi, I'm Bill. I'm an alcoholic" without everyone knowing he is THE Bill. That means when he was in trouble and in need of help, his ability to get help from someone who doesn't see him as a walking saint is going to be really limited. It doesn't matter if we have 2 days, 2 years, or 2 decades of being sober/clean/abstinent/etc, we all need the fellowship to stay that way at some point or another. It's really hard to reach out for a helping hand if you're sitting on a high pedestal.

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