A core principle behind the Fourth Tradition is that by practicing the principles found in the Twelve Steps for dual recovery at the level of the Group, DRA unity is preserved and our network of support and service is enhanced.
They say in the Twelfth Step to practice these principles in all our affairs. What better place to put the Steps to use than when interacting with my Group and doing Service Work for DRA?
Our Group does a lot of service projects and I love to be involved in the decision making processes. We apply the Steps and Traditions and it allows us to to get things done in ways that I rarely see out in the world. I mean, we are a really diverse bunch, but no one is afraid to make mistakes because we've learned how to quickly make amends and move on. So we have a kind of spontaneity that produces new and invigorating ideas all the while focusing our efforts on our Primary Purpose and what's best for DRA as a whole. Amazing what we can achieve.
DRA Groups are sort of like people. They learn and grow, make mistakes, and hopefully learn from those mistakes. Groups and people are not perfect. They need some structure and support. The Steps are said to be good principles for people to live by. They also really support the Unity of our Group by helping to make sure that our Service Work Committees are guided by principles such as love, patience, honesty, and acceptance.
Doing Service Work has helped me personally learn how to "practice these principles in all (my) affairs". I'm really shy and I've never had a real job. I don't have a lot of experience relating and interacting with a bunch of different people. Being secretary and helping out on the picnic committee has really helped me.