What We Could Not Do For Ourselves – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Eleanor M.

I can remember the first time I read the following sentence from chapter five of the Big Book: “We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.” I was sitting at a Big Book meeting, only a few months into the program, still pretty shaky and confused. But those words gave me a feeling of releaseContinue reading “What We Could Not Do For Ourselves – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Eleanor M.”

Self-Respect Through Sacrifice – As Bill Sees It #97

At the beginning we sacrificed alcohol. We had to, or it would have killed us. But we couldn’t get rid of alcohol unless we made other sacrifices. We had to toss self-justification, self- pity, and anger right out the window. We had to quit the crazy contest for personal prestige and big bank balances. WeContinue reading “Self-Respect Through Sacrifice – As Bill Sees It #97”

The Secret of Serenity – Grapevine Article January 1952 by Anonymous

IN attending meetings in various groups in our region, I am continually surprised at the number of members who are resentful because they have not acquired “serenity”. They can’t get peace of mind “no matter how they try.” It is my opinion and it has certainly been my experience that we don’t “get” serenity byContinue reading “The Secret of Serenity – Grapevine Article January 1952 by Anonymous”

True Ambition – and False ; As Bill Sees It # 46

We have had a much keener look at ourselves and those about us. We have seen that we were prodded by unreasonable fears or anxieties into making a life business of winning fame, money, and what we thought was leadership. So false pride became the reverse side of that ruinous coin marked “Fear.” We simplyContinue reading “True Ambition – and False ; As Bill Sees It # 46”