Attraction versus Promotion

Our Eleventh Tradition reminds us all that “Our Public Relations Policy is one of attraction rather than promotion.”

So how does a new author, one who has sought approval and submitted manuscript to GSO in New York and Hazelden Press in Minnesota, both having favorably reviewed but informing me that the Group Conscience must be sought to arrive at Conference Approval?

That means that I seek consideration at the lowest level, the F2F and on-line meeting, by announcing this new reference, one which I have worked on for six years.

It has been reviewed by at least two dozen members, edited by at least four; all of which have said they think it will be of service; that it’s wonderful and that’s long overdue.

But today, while trying to subtly mention my home page on an On-Line Meeting, a member wrote me a terse email about “pimping” my book and “would I do that at a F2F Meeting”? Yes! I would and will; because that’s how you attract interest.

No. I will not be disrespectful, putting it in the middle of sharing “the message”. No I will not barge in and blurt out an announcement. But I WILL — make a brief, polite offering after the meeting and at what events I can, because that’s what GSO told me to do: self-publish or get a publisher. I could’ve gotten a publisher; there were offers. BUT — it would’ve involved advertising,….and that wouldn’t be right. This work makes the 12 Step work possible, it does not interfere commercially.

So if you have a suggestion about how I should approach this, write a response. I don’t want to step on procedural toes, but I have a right to be heard.

The work is good I’m told so far and deserves a chance. “A.A. ought never be organized,”….. but for all the talk of the Group Conscience and the 2nd Tradition, I’m already getting ‘bleating deacons” speaking for everybody.

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Life On Fate’s Terms

“Mile by mile, life’s a trial. Yard by yard, it’s not so hard. Inch by inch, it’s a cinch”,… and I’m sure you’ve heard this little axiom in many forms with many taking credit for it. Let’s source it as anonymous, “okay”?

I just want to continue to carry the message to you as well as to myself, knowing that it’s all in how we look at it.

The late Chuck C. could have easily said this in his book: “Looking Through a New Pair of Glasses”, for how we handle the lifelong challenge of Sobriety, so essential to the Alcoholic’s recovery, is tied to the attitude by which we perceive it.

“One Day at a time,” one hour, one minute,… moment, as long as we effort to stay focused in the present, we stand a chance of communion with the God of our understanding.

No matter how we perceive the essence of that force, connecting it with our perception of the “Power of Now” (Eckhart Tole) or the powers of the universe increases our chances for contentment.

“Tomorrow’s a mystery; yesterday is history”: another anonymous adage on the presence of the present, it keeps us focused on how and what we are and what we can be, as we apply these principles to our daily lives.

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One Day at a Time

Thanks to Paul, for bringing this to my attention, another beautiful rendition of “One Day at a Time” life besides The Serenity Prayer, putting living the present into focus. I wan to share it all with you this Sunday………….

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

There are two days in every week we should not worry about, two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.

Yesterday has passed, forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. Nor can we erase a single word we’ve said – yesterday is gone.

The other day we shouldn’t worry about is tomorrow, with its possible adversities,
Its burdens, its large promise and poor performance.

Tomorrow is beyond our control.

Tomorrow’s sun will rise either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds but it will rise. And until it does,we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.

This leaves only one day – today. Any person can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday and tomorrow that we break down.

It is not the experience of today that drives people mad – it is the remorse of bitterness for something that happened yesterday, and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.

Let us, therefore, live one day at a time!

Blessings to all for a contented day of living in sobriety.

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Welcome, and “Keep Coming Back”

My name is Arthur Messenger, though there are those of you who know me by my given name I wish to honor the original tradition of personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and film. So, the pseudonym.

After six years of writing and nine living sober involved in our worldwide fellowship, I am announcing the publishing of a new book.

“Living the 12 Steps of Recovery”: “One Day at a Time”, is a series of daily meditations focused on the classic format and style of the original 12 Steps and Traditions.

Each day contains an essay meant to impart the message of it’s monthly Step or Tradition, “as they were in the beginning,” with a fresh alternate dialect.

There are two additional Appendices on Prayer and Meditation; their tradition and history as well as some novel insights for pondering.

The book is presently under production and will be available for purchase on or about October 1, 2010. I’ll keep you posted in the Blog, once a week or so.

The ordering, shopping cart and shipping pages should be up about then too. We will be taking major credit cards as well as offering other methods of payment, shipping by UPS, FedEx and USPO to the U.S. Worldwide distribution is planned eventually.

Movement towards approval of the Group Conscience through the Conference Approval Process begins right here; right now, though GSO says it may take years.

The manuscript has been favorably reviewed by AAWS and Hazelden Press, and at their suggestion, I am pursuing publishing in this manner.

I have made every effort I know of to closely conform to our principles and practices, as well as the format and classical style of the original material, yet presenting it fresh, with replicated intonations of the first 100, as well as the founding authors, “As It Was In The Beginning.”

I hope you like it. I hope you’ll read the examples provided. It has parallels for people who are recovering from a wide range of maladies and disorders.

Thanks for visiting the site and the blog.
With hopes the benevolent powers of the universe, in whatever form you may find them during your search for that Higher Power many call God will keep you sober, sane and spiritually fit.

A. Messenger

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