Just what are “trusted servants?” We read Tradition Two every week in our meeting. It states in part, “Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.” While I was attending an OA region meeting, it became very clear to me just what that “trusted” bit means. Looking at the leaders of the meeting, watching them be sane, reasonable, and wise for three days, I realized they shared certain characteristics that enabled me to trust them. First, they were all abstinent, with a five-year current minimum for abstinence. They prove to me that this program works in them—and not just

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