Fear of FAILURE – Grapevine Article February 2009 by Anonymous

In a phone call on New Year’s Day, a college professor told me she’d failed my final paper for her course. I could rewrite the paper, she said, correcting the shortcomings, possibly retaining my overall A for the course. Or I could let it go and accept the B average my failure to follow directionsContinue reading “Fear of FAILURE – Grapevine Article February 2009 by Anonymous”

Emotional Binge – Grapevine Article April 1967 by M.U.

MY new-found sobriety had wings. My gratitude knew no limit. It seemed I wasn’t bound any more. I soared up into the air and then had a great emotional fall. I suffered an emotional hangover from flying too high on my new sobriety. The fires of enthusiasm had not only burnt out, but I wasContinue reading “Emotional Binge – Grapevine Article April 1967 by M.U.”

Keeping A Lid On It – Grapevine Article September 2021 by Norm H

My sponsor got a chuckle out of my first reaction to the over-stuffed garbage can. I was once again reminded that if I learn to laugh at myself, I can have a lifetime of entertainment. I walked out to the curb to bring our empty trash can back to the house. As I grabbed theContinue reading “Keeping A Lid On It – Grapevine Article September 2021 by Norm H”

The Hidden Assassin – January 1972 by J.W.

Beware the enemy that lurks beneath the surface of our conscious selves AT AA MEETINGS, resentment is a popular topic of discussion. Everyone seems to suffer from it, and everyone agrees that it’s bad. Many of us get to relate little resentful anecdotes to the tune of understanding laughter, and though we often carry ourContinue reading “The Hidden Assassin – January 1972 by J.W.”

Antidote For Fear – As Bill Sees It #196

When our failings generate fear, we then have soul-sickness. This sickness, in turn, generates still more character defects. Unreasonable fear that our instincts will not be satisfied drives us to covet the possessions of others, to lust for sex and power, to become angry when our instinctive demands are threatened, to be envious when theContinue reading “Antidote For Fear – As Bill Sees It #196”

Prayer & Meditation- Big Book Step 11 (Pages 85 – 88)

Step Eleven suggests prayer and meditation. We shouldn’t be shy on this matter of prayer. Better men than we are using it constantly. It works, if we have the proper attitude and work at it. It would be easy to be vague about this matter. Yet, we believe we can make some definite and valuableContinue reading “Prayer & Meditation- Big Book Step 11 (Pages 85 – 88)”

Legacy Of Resentment – Grapevine Article December 2010 by Tom L.

Chains of bitterness toward his mother are shattered through forgiveness Returning from school, halfway down the hall leading to my apartment, I smelled the familiar mixed odors of smoke and booze. With dread in my heart, I knew what I was about to face: my drunken mother in her messy housecoat, sitting on a chairContinue reading “Legacy Of Resentment – Grapevine Article December 2010 by Tom L.”

Live and Let. . . Grapevine Article February 1957 by J.F.

There are times now when my sons say, “Hey, Mom, the old Man is getting mellow! Part of it is gentle mockery; the rest an acknowledgment by them of what LIVE AND LET LIVE has changed in me–at least to a degree. It wasn’t always thus, and my wife and sons ought to know becauseContinue reading “Live and Let. . . Grapevine Article February 1957 by J.F.”

A Spiritual Axiom – October 9th Daily Reflection

It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us.— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 90 I never truly understood the Tenth Step’s spiritual axiom until I had the following experience. I was sitting in my bedroom, reading into the wee hours,Continue reading “A Spiritual Axiom – October 9th Daily Reflection”

Spiritual Axiom – As Bill Sees It #309

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. But are there no exceptions to this rule? What about “justifiable” anger? If somebody cheats us, aren’t we entitled toContinue reading “Spiritual Axiom – As Bill Sees It #309”