Tradition Five: What A Group Ought To Be Grapevine Article May 2006 by Anonymous

An AA says we can’t transmit what we don’t have The first thing Tradition Five tells us is what a group is, or at least “ought to be.” We are not a sociological entity, although sociologists find us fascinating. We are not a therapy group, although remarkable healing takes place among us. And we areContinue reading “Tradition Five: What A Group Ought To Be Grapevine Article May 2006 by Anonymous”

A Saving Principle – As Bill Sees It #164

The practice of admitting one’s defects to another person is, of course, very ancient. It has been validated in every century, and it characterizes the lives of all spiritually centered and truly religious people. But today religion is by no means the sole advocate of this saving principle. Psychiatrists and psychologists point out the deepContinue reading “A Saving Principle – As Bill Sees It #164”

Smile With Me , At Me – Big Book Story from 1st Edition Big Book by Harold S.

Included in the book Experience. Strength, and Hope       AT THE age of eighteen I finished high school and during my last year there my studies were dropping away to be replaced by dancing, going out nights, and thinking of a good time as most of the boys of my age did. I secured a jobContinue reading “Smile With Me , At Me – Big Book Story from 1st Edition Big Book by Harold S.”

Fired Again – Big Book Story 1st Edition By Wally G.

IT SEEMS to me that I never did do things normally. When I learned to dance I had to go dancing every night in the week if possible; when I worked or studied I wanted no interruptions or distractions. Wherever I worked I wanted to be the highest paid man in the place or IContinue reading “Fired Again – Big Book Story 1st Edition By Wally G.”

Reasonable Fear – Grapevine Article June 1982 by D.K.

It keeps our memories green and our hearts grateful FEAR, FOR THIS alcoholic, is a two-edged sword. It really cuts both ways. If you don’t believe me, read on. When I drank, in periodic binges, the panic inside me cut through the anesthesia of alcohol and tranquilizers. Sheer, free-floating terror demanded that I seek oblivion.Continue reading “Reasonable Fear – Grapevine Article June 1982 by D.K.”

May 7th Every Day A New Beginning

We tend to think of the rational as a higher order, but it is the emotional that marks our lives. One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment. —Merle Shain Pain stretches us. It pushes us toward others. It encourages us to pray. It invites us to relyContinue reading “May 7th Every Day A New Beginning”

A Stronger Group – Grapevine Article May 2022 by Bob P.

Substantial unanimity helps the majority slow down and hear the voice of the minority opinion. Sometimes the voice of a loving God is trying to speak through others. A judge may require people with an alcohol-related court conviction to attend AA meetings. These people come with court papers for us at AA to sign. TheContinue reading “A Stronger Group – Grapevine Article May 2022 by Bob P.”

The Challenge of Sponsorship – Grapevine Article June 1989 by Jim N.

Right from the start, AA spread simply by one drunk talking to another. Bill W. called on Doctor Bob in 1935 in Akron and AA was born. A physician, Dr. William Silkworth, who had worked intensely with alcoholics, was quick to see the possibilities for growth in this approach. But he was also vocal andContinue reading “The Challenge of Sponsorship – Grapevine Article June 1989 by Jim N.”

Dividends and Mysteries – As Bill Sees It #171

“The A.A. preoccupation with sobriety is sometimes misunderstood. To some, this single virtue appears to be the sole dividend of our Fellowship. We are thought to be dried-up drunks who otherwise have changed little, or not at all, for the better. Such a surmise widely misses the truth. We know that permanent sobriety can beContinue reading “Dividends and Mysteries – As Bill Sees It #171”

Between the Extremes – As Bill Sees It #159

“The real question is whether we can learn anything from our experiences upon which we may grow and help others to grow in the likeness and image of God. “We know that if we rebel against doing that which is reasonably possible for us, then we will be penalized. And we will be equally penalizedContinue reading “Between the Extremes – As Bill Sees It #159”