Mashup – Two Grapevine Articles From Same Author Charles H … Dec 2006 and Feb 2020 … 3rd step & the ‘we’

Dec 2006 – Whose Marriage Is It Anyway A rocky relationship in recovery I know what it is like to be a total failure as a father. On a cool November evening, I sat on a bench in a park near my house, trying to decide whether I wanted to live or die. My sixteen-year-oldContinue reading “Mashup – Two Grapevine Articles From Same Author Charles H … Dec 2006 and Feb 2020 … 3rd step & the ‘we’”

Pain is the Touchstone – AA Grapevine by Anonymous August 1991

Lori and I didn’t talk much. Instead, we specialized in our own nonverbal brands of communication. That’s why it came as such a shock to me when she finally did verbalize “separation.” After five years of marriage I had settled into a monotonous routine. I knew that the marriage wasn’t exciting or even rewarding butContinue reading “Pain is the Touchstone – AA Grapevine by Anonymous August 1991”

Meditation Meeting January 17th 2021 – Meditation Introduction Followed By Guided Meditation

Meditation Introduction is based upon excerpts and text edited from:  AA Twelve and Twelve – 11th Step, Waking Up by Sam Harris, and Wayne S (writing and editing)  I. Introduction To Mediation From 11th step: “There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer. Taken separately, these practices can bring much relief and benefit. But when they are logically relatedContinue reading “Meditation Meeting January 17th 2021 – Meditation Introduction Followed By Guided Meditation”

Mashup – Bill W’s Last Relapse from Bill’s Story in the Big Book and AA Comes of Age

Big Book Chapter: Bill’s Story Pages 6,7 My brother-in-law is a physician, and through his kindness and that of my mother I was placed in a nationally-known hospital for the mental and physical rehabilitation of alcoholics. Under the so-called belladonna treatment my brain cleared. Hydrotherapy and mild exercise helped much. Best of all, I metContinue reading “Mashup – Bill W’s Last Relapse from Bill’s Story in the Big Book and AA Comes of Age”

Step One Resources – Big Book, 12 & 12, Grapevine Articles, GUGOGS Posts

The chapter ‘More About Alcoholism’ in the Big Book has some great insights into the First Step. Step One in the 12& 12 is another very important resource. Below are some GUGOGS posts from primarily Grapevine Articles that provide very useful stories and insights into Step 1. Taking That First Step And Eventually We FoundContinue reading “Step One Resources – Big Book, 12 & 12, Grapevine Articles, GUGOGS Posts”

A Full And Thankful Heart – As Bill Sees It Page 37

One exercise that I practice is to try for a full inventory of my blessings and then for a right acceptance of the many gifts that are mine—both temporal and spiritual. Here I try to achieve a state of joyful gratitude. When such a brand of gratitude is repeatedly affirmed and pondered, it can finallyContinue reading “A Full And Thankful Heart – As Bill Sees It Page 37”

Three Choices – As Bill Sees It Page 327

The immediate object of our quest is sobriety—freedom from alcohol and from all its baleful consequences. Without this freedom, we have nothing at all. Paradoxically, though, we can achieve no liberation from the alcohol obsession until we become willing to deal with those character defects which have landed us in that helpless condition. In thisContinue reading “Three Choices – As Bill Sees It Page 327”

It’s All Your Fault! – December 1984 Grapevine Article By M.S.

I CAME INTO AA reluctantly, with real reservations, especially in emotional areas of my life. When I heard that even righteous indignation was something alcoholics could not afford to indulge in, I felt not only puzzled but put-upon by the very group that I had hoped could help me. After all, what was I supposedContinue reading “It’s All Your Fault! – December 1984 Grapevine Article By M.S.”

Desperate on New Year’s Eve – Grapevine Article By Anonymous December 2015

There he sat, all alone feeling sorry for himself … would he drink? Or would he reach out? After picking up a nine-month chip, I felt great. I had a sponsor, went to meetings every day and had worked up to the Ninth Step. This is where I stopped. After unsuccessful attempts to make amendsContinue reading “Desperate on New Year’s Eve – Grapevine Article By Anonymous December 2015”

Accepting Success or Failure – AA Daily Reflection December 26th

Furthermore, how shall we come to terms with seeming failure or success? Can we now accept and adjust to either without despair or pride? Can we accept poverty, sickness, loneliness, and bereavement with courage and serenity? Can we steadfastly content ourselves with the humbler, yet sometimes more durable, satisfactions when the brighter, more glittering achievementsContinue reading “Accepting Success or Failure – AA Daily Reflection December 26th”