TRADITION TWO CHECKLIST
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
1. Do I criticize or do I trust and support my group officers, AA committees, and office workers? Newcomers? Old-timers?
I do trust all the trusted servants of AA and I have to trust and support everyone who comes into our halls to criticize or judge someone would be against all that I have been taught work the steps into my life I may not like some things I hear around the halls and if my opinion differs from someone else’s that ok I have the right not to agree and I have business meetings where I can express my beliefs
2. Am I absolutely trustworthy, even in secret, with AA twelfth step jobs or other AA responsibility?
Well being trustworthy is just that in public or private when I take on a job in any group I have a responsibility to that group to give 100% of myself to carry out the duties of the position I have been elected to as far as twelfth step work it would be foolish to try to deceive a new comer I only have one thing to offer them my own ESH honesty is the only way to share that
3. Do I look for credit in my AA jobs? Praise for my AA ideas?
When I first started doing service work I think I did want to have credit for what I was doing but as I got wiser in my service work the rewards of the work done was gratifying enough and I did not need praise for keeping myself sober As far as Ideas in AA I have yet to see a new idea be born the program works great just the way it is
4. Do I have to save face in-group discussion, or can I yield in good spirit to the group consensus and work cheerfully along with it?
Many times I have had to yield to the group conscience I have express make time the traditions were not being followed at meetings and than God some listen and wouldn’t you know it sometimes I was dead wrong thanks to the voice of the group I did cheerfully go alone with the changes and worked along with the conscience of the group
5. Although I have been sober a few years, am I still willing to serve my turn at AA chores?
I have been sober for 32 years and I still get into service work and some of the other chores the group need to fill like greeting at the meeting door, chairing meetings, given out chips, but I do not do coffee and the group found out why they never asked me to do it again lol
6. In group discussions, do I sound off about matters on which I have no experience and little knowledge?
No if I do not have any knowledge of the matters before the group I sit and listen to others share how they feel and only a fool would say he knew everything about AA as a whole when I have had the experience in the matters being discussed I share that experience I also think its very important to hear the minority opinion on the subject
© The checklist is a reprint from June 1970 Grapevine