The Twelve Step movement grew out of a society that practiced a Key Person strategy; If you
could win important persons into your group, others of high
standing would follow.
strategy: Work with anybody who wants help, and let leaders
appear as they will. The leaders, whom we call
trusted servants, were sometimes very ordinary people in the
eyes of the world. Some were like Bill W., people of great ability
whose careers had been wrecked by alcoholism.
key person. In the sight of God, we're told, all humans
are equal. Our best success comes when we treat every newcomer as a
consideration that is usually extended to people whom the world considers
It became clear that if we ever were to feel emotionally secure
among grown-up people,
we would have to put our lives on a give-and-take basis;
we would have to develop a sense of being in partnership
or brotherhood with all those around us.
We saw that we would need to give constantly of ourselves without demands
for repayment. When we persistently did this we gradually found
that people were attracted to us as never before.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 116
Thought to Ponder . . .
Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional,
growing spiritually is up to me.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T L C = Tears, Laughter, Caring.
Change of focus
Don’t waste your time complaining about what brings you down. Instead, get yourself away from it in whatever way you can.
If you’re in a negative pattern, break the pattern by establishing a new, more meaningful, positive and empowering one. Doing what you’ve always done will continue to get you what you’ve always gotten, and to get a change you must make a change.
Reach inside and reacquaint yourself with what you truly care about. Your authentic purpose is far more important than keeping up old habits or superficial appearances.
This is your life and this is your opportunity to do something positive about it. You are far more powerful than you’ve allowed yourself to be.
Decide to use that power in the service of what is most important to you. Though a change of focus will initially be frightening and uncomfortable, you will soon feel you’re right where you belong.
The beautiful possibilities are calling. Now is your moment to focus your life upon, and to allow, what really matters.
— Ralph Marston