Cultivating Generosity and Gratitude: Navigating the Seventh Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous

Hey amigos, it’s Carlos, back again to dive into the heart of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and explore the guiding principles that keep us grounded on our journey to sobriety. Today, let’s shine a light on the Seventh Tradition—a beacon of generosity and gratitude that reminds us of the importance of giving back.

The Seventh Tradition states: “Every AA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.” Now, you might be wondering what that means for us as members of AA. Well, let me break it down for you.

At its core, the Seventh Tradition is a call to action—a reminder that we all have a responsibility to contribute to the well-being of our fellowship. It’s about more than just putting a few dollars in the basket at meetings—it’s about cultivating a spirit of generosity and giving back in whatever way we can.

For me, the Seventh Tradition is a powerful lesson in gratitude. It’s a reminder of how far I’ve come on my journey to sobriety, and the countless blessings that AA has brought into my life. By giving back to the fellowship, whether through financial contributions, service work, or simply offering a listening ear to a newcomer, I’m able to express my gratitude in a tangible way.

But here’s the beautiful thing about the Seventh Tradition: it’s not just about giving back to AA—it’s about giving back to ourselves and each other. By supporting our fellowship, we’re creating a community built on trust, compassion, and mutual support. We’re helping to ensure that AA remains a safe haven for those who are still struggling, just as it was for us when we first walked through the doors.

So, next time you reach into your pocket to make a contribution at a meeting, remember the spirit of the Seventh Tradition. Let’s continue to cultivate generosity and gratitude in our lives, and keep the spirit of AA alive for generations to come. Together, we can make a difference.