No Strings Attached – Grapevine Article June 1981 by T.B.

I OFFER THIS example of rejection in its simplest form. I give a gift to someone. I bought or made the gift with joy. I anticipated how pleased the other person would be. I looked forward to the smile of appreciation and the warm gratification it would give me. In other words, I have madeContinue reading “No Strings Attached – Grapevine Article June 1981 by T.B.”

Filet of Soul – Grapevine Article August 1987 by E.K.

I guess I have a soul. We’re told that everyone has one. You must have a soul, too. But I don’t know what one looks like, do you? I wonder if anyone does. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations lists almost 400 quotes wherein great thinkers, writers, and poets discuss the human soul. Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and the BibleContinue reading “Filet of Soul – Grapevine Article August 1987 by E.K.”

Resentment and Forgiveness – Grapevine Article November 1995 by Jim M.

One of the things that’s so toxic about a true resentment is its ability to conceal itself from the resenter. It’s like a spiritual tapeworm that takes up residence in the victim’s moral metabolism and just gorges itself with judgements, anger, self-justification, and other forms of selfishness and self-centeredness that cause us so much unhappiness.Continue reading “Resentment and Forgiveness – Grapevine Article November 1995 by Jim M.”

Chill Wind of the Soul – Grapevine Article July 2003 by Hank M

He thought he was the only one who felt so empty and alone In the days before I took my first drink, I remember seeing a photograph of a renowned existentialist philosopher. He was standing on a tiny ice floe, floating in a vast and otherwise empty sea, totally, absolutely alone. I remember thinking, evenContinue reading “Chill Wind of the Soul – Grapevine Article July 2003 by Hank M”

Living The Principles – Grapevine Article February 1993 by Tom F

It was 1967 and I was attending my first Southwest Wisconsin AA Conference. I saw him in the crowd and thought, What a weird-looking character. He had large soulful eyes and a haircut so short it made his head look shaved. If he’d been wearing a brown robe, he could have passed for a monk.Continue reading “Living The Principles – Grapevine Article February 1993 by Tom F”

Let’s Use Them Wisely – Grapevine Article September 2020 by Susan D.

“Nothing can matter more to the future welfare of AA than the manner in which we use this colossus of communication.” —Bill W., 1960Audio Player00:0000:00 I have had amazing experiences already within virtual AA meetings, and over time I’ve come to the conclusion that there is very little difference between those and physical meetings—something thatContinue reading “Let’s Use Them Wisely – Grapevine Article September 2020 by Susan D.”

Be Honest! – Grapevine Article September 1963 by Don M.

AT one of the first meetings I attended, the speaker said that staying sober required two things: being honest with one’s self, and being willing to keep an open mind. I had always taken pride in being honest with myself. Oh, sure, my job made necessary some degree of intrigue and deception, some evasiveness, butContinue reading “Be Honest! – Grapevine Article September 1963 by Don M.”

Our Old Ideas – Grapevine Article August 1952 by L.M.

What did they have to do with our drinking? “SOME of us tried to hold on to our old ideas, but the result was nil until we let go absolutely.” I think this statement raises a question in the minds of many of us. The question of “what could our old ideas have to doContinue reading “Our Old Ideas – Grapevine Article August 1952 by L.M.”

Ideas That Work – Grapevine Article by May 1981 by J.A.

A TOPIC frequently discussed at AA meetings is “surrender.” This word, when I first got sober, had a sense of “Grit your teeth and bear it.” Now, ten years later–in the light of the Third Step–it means something entirely different. The question as I see it now is: “Surrender to what?” Some years ago, myContinue reading “Ideas That Work – Grapevine Article by May 1981 by J.A.”

Tenth Step Thoughts – Grapevine Article October 1962 by C.D.A.

Would AA’s Fourth Step have changed the ending of the famous old horror story? THREE-QUARTERS of a century ago, Fanny Stevenson, frightened in the night by her husband’s cries and moans, prodded him into wakefulness. In a dawning state of consciousness he was annoyed, and not for the usually mundane reason. Robert Louis Stevenson, whoContinue reading “Tenth Step Thoughts – Grapevine Article October 1962 by C.D.A.”