Thank God for Despair – Grapevine Article June 1965 by E.M.

. . . the unease that makes us want to do a better job of living – From the June 1965 Grapevine IT IS AMAZING and a little depressing to see so many of our members drive themselves like madmen for perfect peace of mind and absolute serenity. Bags under their eyes, frowns on theirContinue reading “Thank God for Despair – Grapevine Article June 1965 by E.M.”

Tools For Life – Grapevine Article January 2006 by Anonymous

There’s one for every problem that comes along I grew up without tools that showed me how to live. When I was a teenager, I started getting drunk. This gave me immense relief from a lot of bad feelings and made me feel I needed only one tool: alcohol. Alcohol solved all my problems. MyContinue reading “Tools For Life – Grapevine Article January 2006 by Anonymous”

Heal Your Broken Heart – September 15th Meditation From Journey To The Heart

I lay on the cot in the bathhouse at the mineral springs. I was wrapped from head to toe in a woolen blanket. As I lay there, the blanket covering my face. I could almost feel each break line in my heart. I could feel the fractures in a way I hadn’t before. I knewContinue reading “Heal Your Broken Heart – September 15th Meditation From Journey To The Heart”

Reality Can Be Uncomfortable – Grapevine Article July 1971 by M.M.

But learning to cope with life, people, and situations is vital to our growth IS COMFORTABLE SOBRIETY the new goal in AA? It would seem so from some of the things I have heard recently, during and after meetings. For instance, at a Step meeting, a young man rather proudly announced that he couldn’t possiblyContinue reading “Reality Can Be Uncomfortable – Grapevine Article July 1971 by M.M.”

Learning to Trust Life – Grapevine Article July 1978 by J.W.

IT WAS VERY difficult to turn my life and will over to the care of a God I did not trust–a loving God, but a just God–a merciful God, but an omnipotent God capable of great wrath–a God who kept me in suspense wondering if He was going to deliver the goods to make meContinue reading “Learning to Trust Life – Grapevine Article July 1978 by J.W.”

Operation Acceptance: Moving from Rage to Letting Go – Grapevine Article April 2005 by Anonymous

Three months before my ninth sobriety birthday in AA, my uncle beat my grandmother to death. My family covered it up. For approximately a year following her death, I experienced a terrible emotional relapse. Filled with rage at my uncle and at AA, I could barely sit through an entire meeting. My uncle and IContinue reading “Operation Acceptance: Moving from Rage to Letting Go – Grapevine Article April 2005 by Anonymous”

A Better Fit – Grapevine Article March 2020 by Don S.

How 10 aching toes became a powerful lesson about the dangers of being right My first interaction with a Higher Power was terse. I had reached the end of my rope, having attempted sobriety for a period of about 19 months. I had relapsed and suffered through 10 months of incomprehensible demoralization. I was genuinelyContinue reading “A Better Fit – Grapevine Article March 2020 by Don S.”

Moment of Clarity, Act of Providence – Grapevine Article by Joe C.

He wanted to die because nothing could be worse than the life he was living. But the cop who arrested him had other ideas This particular run has lasted about four and a half years since I picked up that first drink. I had left AA after 11 months of clean time knowing it couldContinue reading “Moment of Clarity, Act of Providence – Grapevine Article by Joe C.”

Tragedy & Gratitude – Grapevine Article by Kris M.

She could never forgive herself when her drinking led to a night of tragedy, but the program showed her how gratitude could help her heal I arrive at work early, as I always do, so I that I can have some quiet time and coffee before I begin my workday. My quiet time begins withContinue reading “Tragedy & Gratitude – Grapevine Article by Kris M.”

Surrender – Grapevine Article by Trisha C.

Letting go of character defects, it turns out, is hard work Surrender is a very common word and a necessary action in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. This word sounds so absolute and can mean something different to each person who daily attempts, whether successful or not, to let go of the things, thoughts, persons,Continue reading “Surrender – Grapevine Article by Trisha C.”