Knowledge Is Not Enough – Grapevine Article April 1953 by H.G.

But the actual or potential alcoholic, with hardly an exception, will be absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of self-knowledge (Big Book, page 39) THIS is not the story of my drinking career, which pray God is over. That story would be more lurid than some, not so shocking as others. A typicalContinue reading “Knowledge Is Not Enough – Grapevine Article April 1953 by H.G.”

Each Day A New Beginning – July 31st

Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; re-made all the time, made new. – Ursula K. LeGuin We love to be loved; we love to be held; we love to be caressed. A show of appreciation we love too. And we love to know we’ve been heard.Continue reading “Each Day A New Beginning – July 31st”

The Whisper of Humility – Grapevine Article March 1955 by E.M., MD.

ONE PART of our great program–the Twelve Traditions–has come to mean life itself to me. The Traditions, as written by our co-founder Bill, define for me clearly and precisely how to get well and stay well. They tell me who God is, what He does, and where He functions. They show me what spirituality isContinue reading “The Whisper of Humility – Grapevine Article March 1955 by E.M., MD.”

Recovering From Fear & Resentment – Grapevine Article September 2002 by Ernst S

Life was changing in a way I didn’t want it to. I wanted the old life back, but was determined to survive the collapse. I was building a passive solar house on thirty acres. A stream bordered my land, and a hill that caught enough wind to generate electricity. I’d put in organic gardens andContinue reading “Recovering From Fear & Resentment – Grapevine Article September 2002 by Ernst S”

The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article April 1975 by J.W.

A personal interpretation THE CONCEPT of acceptance used to trouble me. It was not until I looked deeply into the Serenity Prayer that an answer began to appear. “The serenity to accept. . .” Somehow, I think, I had unconsciously imbued that phrase with a meaning it just doesn’t have. I thought of it asContinue reading “The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article April 1975 by J.W.”

The Old Umbrella – Grapevine Article by Tom A.

Can you go out in the rain without getting wet? He certainly tried hard enough The Marley Road Bridge was a shaky old one lane wooden bridge over the Rock Island train tracks. Mother avoided that bridge when she could. I do recall the thrill of going over it a few times. If she wasContinue reading “The Old Umbrella – Grapevine Article by Tom A.”

Giving – Grapevine Article December 1990 by Mary J.

I was feeling sad, frustrated, and sorry for myself, because this year, like so many before, I didn’t have the money to buy gifts. I didn’t even have any creative energy to make up for it. I was fighting a sense of failure and despair that I would ever “get on with my life.” IContinue reading “Giving – Grapevine Article December 1990 by Mary J.”

God, the Verb – Grapevine Article April 2002 by Doug B.

To get to Step Two, you have to get past Step One. That was what I was told when I first came into the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. It made sense to me. The Steps are in order; they build upon one another. It was logical. My drinking, my attempts to control it, and allContinue reading “God, the Verb – Grapevine Article April 2002 by Doug B.”

To Deepen Our Insight – As Bill Sees It #54

It is necessary that we extricate from an examination of our personal relations every bit of information about ourselves and our fundamental difficulties that we can. Since defective relations with other human beings have nearly always been the immediate cause of our woes, including our alcoholism, no field of investigation could yield more satisfying andContinue reading “To Deepen Our Insight – As Bill Sees It #54”

Handling Sobriety – Big Book Story page 558,559

God willing, we members of A.A. may never again have to deal with drinking, but we have to deal with sobriety every day. How do we do it? By learning— through practicing the Twelve Steps and through sharing at meetings—how to cope with the problems that we looked to booze to solve, back in ourContinue reading “Handling Sobriety – Big Book Story page 558,559”