Self-Pity Can Kill – Grapevine Article February 1973 by J.W.

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 Prayer

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”

Uncover , Discover and Discard Phase 1 – Mashup of 12 & 12 with Big Book

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”

Simple But Not Easy – Grapevine Article November 2008 by Scott N.

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.”

What Lesson Is Hidden In What Disturbs Me? Mashup of Oct 7th Daily Reflection , GUGOGS 10th Step Resources, and Excerpts From Step 10 Twelve & Twelve

Daily Reflections – October 7 DAILY MONITORING Continued to take personal inventory. . . . . TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 88 The spiritual axiom referred to in the Tenth Step– “every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us”–also tells me that there are no exceptionsContinue reading “What Lesson Is Hidden In What Disturbs Me? Mashup of Oct 7th Daily Reflection , GUGOGS 10th Step Resources, and Excerpts From Step 10 Twelve & Twelve”

GUGOGS 10th Step Resources and Ideas

At the heart of the 10th step is self examination. Many of us bring a strong sense that our real problems are external and are a function of people, places, and things that are not as they ought to be. We may feel victimized by these circumstances which seem to unceasingly make us ’restless, irritable,Continue reading “GUGOGS 10th Step Resources and Ideas”

Sounds of Silence – Grapevine Article April 2004 by Jean C.

They can be heard anytime the bondage of self drops away My home group usually seizes up if there’s a whole forty-five seconds of silence between shares. Then someone leaps into the breach, saying, “I’ll talk because I just can’t stand the silence.” This might be part of my problem with meditation. As an alcoholic,Continue reading “Sounds of Silence – Grapevine Article April 2004 by Jean C.”

A Good Look- Grapevine Article October 2014 by Don B.

A newcomer discovers that it’s never too early to start looking at Step 10 I had been sober for just over two weeks. It was the Thursday Step meeting at my home group, and the topic was Step Ten. Patrice, a woman who had been sober for many years, shared that Step Ten was oneContinue reading “A Good Look- Grapevine Article October 2014 by Don B.”

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”