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Wow! Anonymity is so important to OA, it’s part of the name of our organization. As Tradition Twelve states: “Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all these Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.”

The new second edition of the OA Twelve and Twelve does an excellent job of explaining the many ways we all benefit from anonymity. In six easy-to-read pages, it discusses how anonymity can aid in a newcomer’s willingness to enter our doors, and also help us heal our shame and pride. Anonymity ensures we all remain on equal footing, remember not to gossip, and remain teachable. The fact is, while we can share our last names within our groups and for OA service work, “We find it easier for each of us simply to be a part of the group. . . . we cultivate the attitude of humility implied in Tradition Twelve” (p. 167). We learn to focus on Principles instead of personalities because that is how we recover.

— Edited and reprinted from Out of the Cocoon newsletter, Milwaukee Area The Intergroup, Third Quarter 2018

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