Kevin Barhydt is an author, actor, member of the recovery community and a survivor. He is the author of Dear Stephen Michael's Mother, a memoir of how a young boy abandoned, abused and addicted became a man with the hope, courage and resilience to seek his biological mother.
You will also find Kevin on his Youtube channel where he creates and shares content about his journey from abandoned to reunited, from addicted to 33 years sober, from a high school dropout to a master's in education, continues.
On today's episode, Kevin shares about the Hazards of Publicity.
THE HAZARDS OF PUBLICITY
People who symbolize causes and ideas fill a deep human need. We of A.A. do not question that. But we do have to soberly face the fact that being in the public eye is hazardous, especially for us.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 181
As a recovered alcoholic I must make an effort to put into practice the principles of the AA. program, which are founded on honesty, truth and humility. While I was drinking I was constantly trying to be in the limelight. Now that I am conscious of my mistakes and of my former lack of integrity, it would not be honest to seek prestige, even for the justifiable purpose of promoting the A.A. message of recovery. Is the publicity that centers around the A.A. Fellowship and the miracles it produces not worth much more? Why not let the people around us appreciate by themselves the changes that A.A. has brought in us, for that will be a far better recommendation for the Fellowship than any I could make.Support the show
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