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The Laughter and Learning Corner
There’s this juggler who’s driving on the way to a job when he gets pulled over by a cop for speeding. The cop sees three bowling bins on the seat next to him and asks him what they’re for. The juggler proceeds to take the bowling pins out of the car and begins juggling as he’s standing on the side of the road.
About this time, a recovering alcoholic drives by with his wife. Upon seeing the juggler standing in front of the cop juggling, the recovering alcoholic says, “Man, I’m sure glad I stopped drinking – Look what they’re making you do for a sobriety test now!”
Did You Know: Origin of the principle of being “self-supporting” AA History Trivia
The issue of “self-support” (ie that we support ourselves through our own contributions)is not expressed in the Big Book, it’s one of our Traditions. The Traditions were born out of the years of AA experience that followed the publication of the Big Book in 1939.
In the years between 1935 and 1945, there were many competing ideas of how things should be done in and among the AA groups sprouting up around the world. During his years of work establishing an AA office in New York, Bill W. received thousands of letters from individual AAs and groups seeking guidance; he worked with others to develop The Traditions that gave the AA fellowship a consistent, broad-ranging set of guidelines. The policy of declining contributions from outside AA was intended to keep AA independent from government, large organizations and the sometimes corrupting influence money can bring. The books “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions” and “AA comes of Age” provide additional insight into the development of AA’s policies & practices.