No Need To Fear – Grapevine Article May 2021 by T.S.

Alcohol convinced him he was all alone, unable to live life. The Steps brought him back into the light Before I got sober, most of my time was spent drinking and thinking about how I should be elevated to the appropriate stature that I so rightly deserved. I was determined to prove to everyone thatContinue reading “No Need To Fear – Grapevine Article May 2021 by T.S.”

Exchanging Love and Service – 12/12 pages 121,122

“As time passed we found that with the help of AA’s Twelve Steps we could lose those fears, no matter what our material prospects were. We could cheerfully perform humble labor without worrying about tomorrow. If our circumstances happened to be good, we no longer dreaded a change for the worse, for we had learnedContinue reading “Exchanging Love and Service – 12/12 pages 121,122”

April 25th – Each Day A New Beginning

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.  —Helen Keller There is wonder in the moment, if we but look for it, let it touch us, believe in it. And with the recognition and celebration of the wonder comes the joy weContinue reading “April 25th – Each Day A New Beginning”

A New Life – As Bill Sees It #8

Is sobriety all that we are to expect of a spiritual awakening? No, sobriety is only a bare beginning; it is only the first gift of the first awakening. If more gifts are to be received, our awakening has to go on. As it does go on, we find that bit by bit we canContinue reading “A New Life – As Bill Sees It #8”

April 17th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning

I can stand what I know. It’s what I don’t know that frightens me. – Frances Newton Fear of the unknown, often referred to as free-floating anxiety, catches up to us on occasion. But it needn’t. The program offers us strength whenever we need it, and faith diminishes all fear. It is said that fearContinue reading “April 17th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning”

Is Happiness the Goal? – As Bill Sees It #306

I don’t think happiness or unhappiness is the point. How do we meet the problems we face? How do we best learn from them and transmit what we have learned to others, if they would receive the knowledge? In my view, we of this world are pupils in a great school of life. It isContinue reading “Is Happiness the Goal? – As Bill Sees It #306”

Who I Really Am – Grapevine Article March 2021 by Andy A.

Being reminded of the man he never wants to be again keeps this father on the path of a good life The two AA meetings I attend most frequently are Big Book meetings. In these meetings, we move sequentially through the book, front to back. So I always know which chapter will be read atContinue reading “Who I Really Am – Grapevine Article March 2021 by Andy A.”

The Human Condition – Grapevine Article June 1998 by C.L.B.

This is the story of the transforming experience of my entire life–the experience for which I’m profoundly grateful. My association with the Fellowship has given me the opportunity to begin the process of becoming a different kind of person. During the years that I drank, I was the kind of person I never wanted toContinue reading “The Human Condition – Grapevine Article June 1998 by C.L.B.”

You Mean There’s Already A Solution – Grapevine Article March 1988 by Boyce B.

As the AA Steps contain the message of recovery, so the AA Traditions contain that of unity. I knew this fact in spirit sometime before my head caught on to it. While still very much a newcomer to the Fellowship, I first became aware of the Traditions while observing the running of meetings. Despite myContinue reading “You Mean There’s Already A Solution – Grapevine Article March 1988 by Boyce B.”

Gratitude on an Easter Morning – Grapevine Article April 1970 by J.B.

It is a rare and precious moment when it first dawns on us that we are free and without fear AT A RECENT meeting I attended, someone broached the subject “peace of mind,” and as usual the kaleidoscope of AA began to produce many different patterns of thought. By the time most of us reachContinue reading “Gratitude on an Easter Morning – Grapevine Article April 1970 by J.B.”