CoDA's 12 Traditions: Tradition #1

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Subject: CoDA's 12 Traditions: Tradition #1
Date: August 3rd 2018

To prepare for the CoDA Service Conference, the CoDA Board and the CoDA Email List Coordinator would like to share the Twelve Traditions with the CoDA fellowship. We plan to email you excerpts of 1 Tradition each week for the next 12 weeks.

The Traditions are the foundation of our program & and of our CoDA's yearly Service Conference.

Please note that all material below this paragraph is taken directly
from the CoDA Workbook & is Conference approved. While we are sharing it
with the fellowship in the spirit of recovery and service, the copyright
to this material is fully owned by Codependents Anonymous, inc (2013).

Tradition #1: Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery
depends upon CoDA unity.

Excerpted from the CoDA workbook:

Beginning with Tradition One, we practice new behaviors and follow new
guidelines in order to restructure our lives in recovery. We become
willing to let go of our own egos and personal agendas in order to
support the common welfare of CoDA. We learn to speak our truth and we
allow others the same privilege. We honor the group conscience process
by acknowledging our Higher Power. We let go of our need to control the
outcome and accept the results of the group conscience.

Tradition One supports us in all aspects of our service work whether
this be at an individual, group, regional, national, or international
level. It helps us create a functional environment wherein we can attend
to the business of Co-Dependents Anonymous. We also find that keeping
the spirit of Tradition One in our minds and hearts is essential to
working with others. Having acknowledged our difficulties in forming and
maintaining functional relationships, we look to Tradition One: our
common welfare should come first and our personal recovery depends upon
our unity.

As we do our service work, our Step One issues may surface. We find
ourselves wanting to control and may actively attempt to manipulate
people, places, and things according to our rigid ideas of how they
should be. We may want to be the Higher Power or believe we must have
the right answers. We may look to others to be our Higher Power and
provide answers for us. We can become overly attached to our own
opinions or see our differences with others as attacks or threats.
Again, we need to place the focus back where it belongs—our common
welfare, upon which the unity of our program is dependent.......
We learn to listen, to open our minds and our hearts, and to make room
for a Higher Power. We seek serenity within ourselves.



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