Many of the discussion topics chosen are taken from AA literature that may not be generally available to all participants in this meeting. This blog will share this AA literature that a chairperson has chosen that may not be generally available.
Many of the posts come from the over 60 years of archives from the monthly AA magazine, Grapevine. Other sources may include AA literature such as ‘As Bill Sees It’ as well as AA pamphlets.
There is also a growing set of quotes from the AA Big Book , Twelve and Twelve, Daily Reflections, and Living Sober.
All of these posts are categorized to allow quicker access. You can also search on key words that you are interested in learning more about.
There is a chapter in the Big Book titled “A Vision for You.” A paragraph in that chapter talks about the jumping-off place. I reached that place one night in a bar after hours. I was twenty years old, and I had three children, a recent hysterectomy, and was on my third failing relationship. IContinue reading “The Jumping Off Place – Grapevine Article June 2002 by Anonymous”
How the AA program deals with our need for self-approval and recognition by others OBSERVE an alcoholic at the ripest point of a bender, and you’ll see a pretty complete demonstration of proven ways to lose friends and alienate people. Almost anything he does, from talking too loudly to burning holes in a hostess’ carpet,Continue reading “The Search For Self-Approval – Grapevine Article October 1967 by M.D.B.”
We can weep, whine, or get drunk–or we can learn to accept OVER AND OVER, through the gaiety of the preholiday season in December 1965, I chanted this litany of despair: “I gave all I had to give, and it wasn’t enough.” And on Christmas night, I made a drunken and almost successful suicide attempt.Continue reading “Self-Pity Can Kill – Grapevine Article February 1973 by J.W.”
Just for today I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle all my problems at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt I had to keep it up for a lifetime. Just for today I will be happy. This assumes to be trueContinue reading “Just For Today Prayer”
AT 17 William Street, Newark, New Jersey, Hank had an office which was the headquarters for a rapidly failing business. He also had a secretary named Ruth. The other assets consisted of a huge desk and some plush furniture. Each morning I traveled all the way from Brooklyn to Newark where, pacing up and downContinue reading “How The Twelve Steps Were Born – Grapevine Article September 1962 by Bill W.”
12 and 12 page 90 (Step 10) It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us. If somebody hurts us and we are sore, we are in the wrong also. But are there no exceptions to this rule? What about “justifiable” anger?Continue reading “Uncover , Discover and Discard Phase 1 – Mashup of 12 & 12 with Big Book”
There are times now when my sons say, “Hey, Mom, the old Man is getting mellow! Part of it is gentle mockery; the rest an acknowledgment by them of what LIVE AND LET LIVE has changed in me–at least to a degree. It wasn’t always thus, and my wife and sons ought to know becauseContinue reading “Live and Let. . . Grapevine Article February 1957 by J.F.”
It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us.— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 90 I never truly understood the Tenth Step’s spiritual axiom until I had the following experience. I was sitting in my bedroom, reading into the wee hours,Continue reading “A Spiritual Axiom – October 9th Daily Reflection”
Every time a person imposes his instincts unreasonably upon others, unhappiness follows. If the pursuit of wealth tramples upon people who happen to be in the way, then anger, jealousy, and revenge are likely to be aroused. If sex runs riot, there is similar uproar. Demands made upon other people for too much attention, protection,Continue reading “Instincts Run Wild – As Bill Sees It #282”
What does making coffee have to do with sobriety? Even very early in my sobriety, I had a begrudging recognition that there was wisdom in the simple phrases I saw posted on the walls of meetings. I had some contempt for these cutesy expressions and the people who said them. I also had serious doubtsContinue reading “Simple But Not Easy – Grapevine Article November 2008 by Scott N.”
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