A Realm Beyond Craving – Grapevine Article March 1950 by N.H.

The statement is often made in AA that our problem is primarily one of “right thinking”–a problem of the intellect–and that the more thoroughly we can rid ourselves of our emotions, the better. But we also know we can no more stop feeling than we can stop breathing. Any situation in which we find ourselvesContinue reading “A Realm Beyond Craving – Grapevine Article March 1950 by N.H.”

A Grateful Holiday – Grapevine Article January 2020 by John K.

Though not the fancy getaway he was used to, the journey this year was to himself My drinking had gone from being a way to escape life’s pressures to a long, slow descent into hell. But the end came quickly, a few weeks after one fateful Christmas. If you saw my life a couple ofContinue reading “A Grateful Holiday – Grapevine Article January 2020 by John K.”

Again at the Crossroads – Grapevine Article November 1961 by Bill W.

WE AAs are everywhere developing a keener sense of our history and the meaning of its turning points. Moreover, I believe that we are getting a right sense of our history; something of the utmost importance indeed. The world’s past reveals that many societies and nations have fallen victims to fear and pride, or to their aggressiveContinue reading “Again at the Crossroads – Grapevine Article November 1961 by Bill W.”

In the Wake of the Wave – Grapevine Article March 2005 by Chris W.

A report from Phuket, Thailand The moment of silence before we begin meetings here in Phuket has taken on new levels of significance since December’s tsunami. Many of us have shared as to how the principles of AA have guided our actions in attending the wounded, searching for the dead, and helping to rebuild theContinue reading “In the Wake of the Wave – Grapevine Article March 2005 by Chris W.”

People-Pleasing – Practice These Principles by Ray A.

“When I uncovered my need for approval in the Fourth Step, I didn’t think it should rank as a character defect.” – “Character Building,” AA’s Daily Reflections, April 2 The writer of this meditation goes on to state that she wanted to think of her need for approval more as an asset, in that itContinue reading “People-Pleasing – Practice These Principles by Ray A.”

Complete Security? – As Bill Sees It #112

Upon entering A.A., the spectacle of years of waste threw us into panic. Financial importance was no longer our principal aim; we now clamored for material security. Even when we re-established in our business, terrible fears often continued to haunt us. This made us misers and penny-pinchers all over again. Complete financial security we mustContinue reading “Complete Security? – As Bill Sees It #112”

Love With No Price Tag – Daily Reflection December 9th

When the Twelfth Step is seen in its full implication, it is really talking about the kind of love that has no price tag on it.— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 106 In order for me to start working the Twelfth Step, I had to work on sincerity and honesty, and to learn toContinue reading “Love With No Price Tag – Daily Reflection December 9th”

The Joys of ‘Notting’ – Grapevine Article December 1979 by C.H.

LAST CHRISTMAS, I discovered notting and applied it with spectacular improvement in my enjoyment of the season. Notting is not doing something. Anything less than the orgy of self-indulgence with which I once associated Christmas qualifies as satisfactory notting. To one who had never denied himself anything his little heart desired until he entered AA, the joys of notting were refreshing experience indeed.Continue reading “The Joys of ‘Notting’ – Grapevine Article December 1979 by C.H.”

Billy’s Death – Practicing These Principles Reflection by Ray A.

News arrived yesterday of Billy’s death. He was just a boy when I met him, probably around ten. Raised with two other siblings in a loving middle-class suburban home, he would grow up to be what most people would consider a successful young man, marrying and starting a lucrative career in a major city’s financialContinue reading “Billy’s Death – Practicing These Principles Reflection by Ray A.”

Anonymity – Grapevine Article January 2000 by Diane O.

Its Necessity Today I believe that anonymity–the spiritual substance of it–is more important than ever today. The spiritual substance of anonymity–self-sacrifice–is the cement that binds us, that allows us to stay alive and well and growing. Most of us arrived in AA as egomaniacs, power drivers, manipulators, glory seekers, and islands unto ourselves, self-obsessed andContinue reading “Anonymity – Grapevine Article January 2000 by Diane O.”