"That is not our
way, to set yourself apart and talk about who you are and what you've done. You
let your life speak for you. With the Mohawk people, wisdom is how you live and
how you interpret what your mother and father, what your grandmothers and
grandfathers have told you about this world - and then how you interpret that
into the fact of living every day."
experiences taught that anonymity is real humility at work. It is an
all-pervading spiritual quality which today keynotes A.A. life everywhere.
Moved by the spirit of anonymity, we try to give up our natural desires for
personal distinction as A.A. members both among fellow alcoholics and before
the general public. As we lay aside these very human aspirations, we
believe that each of us takes part in weaving a protective mantle which covers
our whole Society and under which we may grow and work in unity.
Steps & Twelve Traditions pg. 187
all those he knew, memory was at floodtide. But who could really say what was
thought and felt by the 5,000 sick ones to whom he personally ministered and
freely gave a physician’s care; who could possibly record the reflections of
his townsmen who had seen him sink almost within the grasp of oblivion, then rise
to anonymous world renown; who could express the gratitude of those tens of
thousands of AA families who had so well heard of him but had never seen him
face to face? What, too, were the emotions of those nearest him as they
thankfully pondered the mystery of his regeneration fifteen years ago and all
its vast consequences since?
“Language of the Heart” pg. 354
Spirit help us to walk quietly and listen.