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    Group Inventory Questions

    The questions below offer ways to begin—or continue—group inventory or discussion
    focused on this Tradition.
    1. What are some of the ways our group practices anonymity? How do these relate to how
    we treat each other and how we fulfill our primary purpose? How else is the spirit of
    anonymity practiced at our group?
    2. How do we acknowledge the value of members’ service contributions? How can we
    encourage selfless service while maintaining a focus on anonymity? Do we sometimes
    base our service on motives other than selflessness?
    3. What can we do to help keep principles before personalities in our recovery meetings? In
    our group conscience/business meetings?
    4. How do members’ personalities contribute to our group’s identity? Are there particular
    personalities that dominate or define us as a group or in our meetings? How do we keep
    principles first when our personalities are strong?
    5. What processes do we go through to select our trusted servants? How does observing
    the principle of rotation help keep our group healthy?
    6. Do we treat everyone who attends our meeting as equal? Are there some ways or times
    we fall short, and if so, how? What can we do to ensure that all members are shown
    respect?
    7. What kinds of things are appropriate to take with us from the meeting, and what should
    we leave behind? What is the difference between anonymity and confidentiality? What
    responsibility do we have to help protect the confidentiality of those who share?
    8. Are we more willing to tolerate bad behavior from some members than we are from
    others? Do we have different standards for use of time or other behavior within our
    meeting, depending on who’s involved?
    9. Might long‐standing friendships or shared sponsorship within our group seem exclusive?
    How can our practice of unity extend to include everyone at the meeting? What draws
    our attention to the ways people might feel left out? What do we do when we notice?
    10. How does this Tradition help us understand anonymity? How does anonymity help us
    understand this Tradition? How do we practice anonymity in terms of this Tradition?
    11. Discuss any bridges between this Tradition and other Traditions. What do these bridges
    teach us about our group?
    12. What more can we do to bring the principles of this Tradition into our group efforts?
    What could we do differently to better fulfill our primary purpose?

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