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”

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”

Instincts Run Wild – As Bill Sees It #282

Every time a person imposes his instincts unreasonably upon others, unhappiness follows. If the pursuit of wealth tramples upon people who happen to be in the way, then anger, jealousy, and revenge are likely to be aroused. If sex runs riot, there is similar uproar. Demands made upon other people for too much attention, protection,Continue reading “Instincts Run Wild – As Bill Sees It #282”

It Takes Practice to Be Human – Grapevine Article December 1977 by M.B.

Constant work with the Tenth Step shows us what we are and what we can become DURING MY drinking days, it seemed that I was either a god or a devil–but never human. I was either so grandly above everyone else that they were unworthy of my love or so desperately below the level ofContinue reading “It Takes Practice to Be Human – Grapevine Article December 1977 by M.B.”

The Past Is The Servant Of The Present – Grapevine Article June 1982 by J.S.

Nothing I say can convey the despair I felt and the pain I inflicted over and over, upon myself and upon others. I take comfort in knowing that you, in your unique and private pasts, understand. It is because speaking at an AA meeting is an obstacle that I have chosen to do it–to getContinue reading “The Past Is The Servant Of The Present – Grapevine Article June 1982 by J.S.”

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”

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”

Face The Music – As Bill Sees It #251

Don’t be too discouraged about that slip. Practically always, we drunks learn the hard way. Your idea of moving on to somewhere else may be good, or it may not. Perhaps you have got into an emotional or economic jam that can’t be well handled where you are. But maybe you are doing just whatContinue reading “Face The Music – As Bill Sees It #251”