It is impossible for me to blog on July 4th and not acknowledge Independence Day. For addicts and alcoholics, this has a double meaning. True freedom begins the day an alcoholic surrenders. Until sobriety, we were prisoners to an affliction that no amount of will power could solve.
We are also truly blessed to live in a country that is not only the birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous, but allows us to meet freely. This may sound pedantic, but in countries across the globe, it is illegal for groups to meet outside of government scrutiny. This brings me to pondering the 7th Tradition: “Every group ought to be fully self-supporting declining outside contributions.”
The implications of being self-supporting are more than just having a place to meet. Can you imagine if AA accepted money from charities, or government agencies? We would be caught up in a bureaucratic nightmare, scrutinized by bean counters. As in most of our traditions this one also keeps outsider from making “improved” changes to our program. Freedom is the result of personal responsibility. I am grateful to be responsible today and wish you all continued freedom one day at a time for the rest of your lives.