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Tradition 6: Simplicity

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With money, property, or prestige comes responsibility. We already have enough responsibility. When anyone, anywhere, reaches for help, I want the hand of OA to always be there, and for that I am responsible.

I struggle along well enough, one day at a time, in this world of confusion and misunderstanding. I get some relief from my addiction, and then suddenly I become an authority on matters that have nothing to do with our primary purpose. I am like that. I am easily distracted. I have the best intentions. Wouldn’t it be great if we could rally behind this cause or that movement? C’mon, everyone! Join me! Join me and my bankrupt idealism and my insatiable appetite for more. More what? Everything!

Let’s not louse this thing up.

The Traditions not only allow us to play well together, but also they deepen our experience with humility. This expression of humility, staying right-sized, keeps our focus on helping others and sharing that which has been freely given to us, from one addict to another. This is our primary purpose. Carrying a message of depth and weight requires simplicity.

— Edited and reprinted from OA Today newsletter, St. Louis Bi-State Area Intergroup, June 2015

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