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Anonymity

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:27 pm
by MikeH99
I heard at a meeting, “we should never remain so anonymous that the new comer can not find us.” And was told it was in our literature? Can anyone confirm this ?

Re: Anonymity

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:03 pm
by Brock
Welcome here Mike, thanks for an interesting question.

I am trying to remember where this is mentioned, but not coming up with the answer. I don’t believe it’s in the words you use about the newcomer finding us, but I recall seeing where we should not be so anonymous that we wouldn’t know how to identify a member, in my area it’s common to know the last name of members. Hopefully someone else will remember where this is mentioned.

Re: Anonymity

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:49 pm
by Layne
There is this from page 264 of DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers
Warren recalled, “He [Dr. Bob] said there were two ways to break the anonymity Tradition: (1) by giving your name at the public level of press or radio; (2) by being so anonymous that you can’t be reached by other drunks.”

Re: Anonymity

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:56 pm
by D'oh
Let us see what the long form of the 11th and 12th Traditions can give us in understanding Anonymity and the Principles we ought live by.
11. -- Our relations with the general public should be characterized by personal anonymity. We think A. A. ought to avoid sensational advertising. Our names and pictures as A.A. members ought not be broadcast, filmed or publicly printed. Our public relations should be guided by the principle of attraction rather than promotion. There is never need to praise ourselves. We feel it better to let our friends recommend us.
I recall when my Home Group moved locations. It was moved to next door of the Pool Hall. (where I spent many days and nights before Sobering Up). I didn't know how to Sneak In to the Meetings unseen.

Then I thought. "Hey, I am no longer Passed Out at the Pool Hall." People already know, and don't really seem to care anyways."

I have had people call me "Out of the Blue" and ask about AA. Some have even joined after a meeting (with another member) 12th Step Work.

Re: Anonymity

Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:15 am
by positrac
There is a phase about the newcomer and the willingness to give a hand whenever called. Exact words might be off but I know this to be true because I've heard it a lot of times over the years and honestly take it for granted as one of the slogans.

Gotta be smart about how you approach anonymity because the world cares less of our sobriety and drunks still outside the doors of AA resent our sobriety. In time you know how to address it and it'll answer itself.

Re: Anonymity

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:00 pm
by PaigeB
D'oh wrote:
Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:56 pm
Then I thought. "Hey, I am no longer Passed Out at the Pool Hall." People already know, and don't really seem to care anyways."
:lol: 8) :shock: :wink: :) :lol: :D =surprised :shock: :| :wink: 8) :mrgreen: