24 Hours A Day – July 13th

Thought for the Day Before alcoholics come into A.A., they are “flying blind.” But A.A. gives them a directed beam in the A.A. program. As long as they keep on this beam, the signal of sobriety keeps coming through. If they have a slip, the signal is broken. If they swing off course into drunkenness,Continue reading “24 Hours A Day – July 13th”

God, the Verb – Grapevine Article April 2002 by Doug B.

To get to Step Two, you have to get past Step One. That was what I was told when I first came into the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. It made sense to me. The Steps are in order; they build upon one another. It was logical. My drinking, my attempts to control it, and allContinue reading “God, the Verb – Grapevine Article April 2002 by Doug B.”

Handling Sobriety – Big Book Story page 558,559

God willing, we members of A.A. may never again have to deal with drinking, but we have to deal with sobriety every day. How do we do it? By learning— through practicing the Twelve Steps and through sharing at meetings—how to cope with the problems that we looked to booze to solve, back in ourContinue reading “Handling Sobriety – Big Book Story page 558,559”

Burn Into The Consciousness – Big Book Page 98

The men who cry for money and shelter before conquering alcohol, are on the wrong track. Yet we do go to great extremes to provide each other with these very things, when such action is warranted. This may seem inconsistent, but we think it is not. It is not the matter of giving that isContinue reading “Burn Into The Consciousness – Big Book Page 98”

Living Sober – Watching Out For Anger & Resentments (Chapter 15 Excerpts)

Interestingly, several of the methods already discussed for avoiding a drink have also worked splendidly for getting over the inner discomfort we suffer when angry. For instance, when we begin to simmer inside, it sometimes helps a great deal to take a few bites of something good to eat, or a glass of a nonalcoholicContinue reading “Living Sober – Watching Out For Anger & Resentments (Chapter 15 Excerpts)”

Finding The Bright Spot Of Our Lives – Big Book Page 89

Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when others fail. Remember they are veryContinue reading “Finding The Bright Spot Of Our Lives – Big Book Page 89”

Mashup Of Two Prior Posts – Topics & Relationships Between Acceptance ,Expectations, and Serenity

Acceptance Was The Answer’ pages 417,418,420 4th Edition Page 417/418 – And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation – some fact of my life – unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I acceptContinue reading “Mashup Of Two Prior Posts – Topics & Relationships Between Acceptance ,Expectations, and Serenity”

Hula Hoop Larry And The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article by Becky P.

The riddle of the Serenity Prayer explained It’s amusing and endearing to me that we do not get hung up about knowing someone’s last name in our program, but we do often use descriptors to tell the Bobs, Bills and Daves apart.   The Serenity Prayer has haunted me for almost 60 years.  It hung inContinue reading “Hula Hoop Larry And The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article by Becky P.”

Prayer Under Pressure – As Bill Sees It #250

Whenever I find myself under acute tensions, I lengthen my daily walks and slowly repeat our Serenity Prayer in rhythm to my steps and breathing. If I feel that my pain has in part been occasioned by others, I try to repeat, “God grant me the serenity to love their best, and never fear theirContinue reading “Prayer Under Pressure – As Bill Sees It #250”

Discovering & Facing Reality – A Mashup of Two Grapevine Articles

Being honest about the reality of our lives while at the same time being open-minded and willing to respond differently to these realities is the heart and soul of recovery whether you have 2 days , 2 months , 2 years , or decades of sobriety. We also become clear that our denials, fears, resentments,Continue reading “Discovering & Facing Reality – A Mashup of Two Grapevine Articles”